Description When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in America—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.
The Circle - Staff Choice by Lynn & Sophie Lynn: Significant; it changed my perspective for probably forever. Will it be the 1984 of our generation?
Sophie: The road to hell is paved with good intentions... One of the most frightening books I've read in ages - because we're halfway into this nightmarish scenario already. Didn't like everything about it, but this is a message that needs to be spread far and wide.
The Circle - Customer Choice by Keefe Cordeiro Really, really, really scary how much of it mirrors our seemingly innocuous relationship with the digital world.
The Circle - Staff Choice by Jeroen & & Sophie Every year there are at least a few books which are said to be ‘a modern 1984‘, only to be promptly forgotten. I believe this book should be an exception to that rule, because every time I read about new technology that further compromises our privacy, it reminds me of The Circle. This is an incredibly scary book that everyone should read, not for the story but for its message. It kept me off Facebook for quite some time.
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