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Book Review: The Circle

Book Review: The Circle

| On 29, Apr 2014

There is a huge amount of technology that has successfully intertwined itself within our lives; Facebook and Google to name a few. Dave Egger’s recent novel, The Circle, draws upon this and builds a world with complete openness and sharing.

03Zings, which represent the ‘tweets’ of their Circle profile, are encouraged to be constantly posted by everyone. They are to update their friends on each and everything they do, even the mundaneness of work. Mae Holland has recently received a job at the Circle, the wondrous description making it sound like the most creatively relaxed, yet busiest workplace imaginable. They have dorms for people who wish to stay back and continue working, parties nearly every night and in-house musicians, all in the hope that their workmates constantly communicate. Communication is key to a happy and open workplace.

The Circle follows a different structure to the basic dystopian novel. Most times, the protagonist is often fighting for a way out of the new world. However, Mae is different. Throughout the novel she openly embraces the beliefs of the Circle, which can either be interesting or frustrating for the reader.

Mae’s complete obedience to the Circle’s aspirations (which are technically demands, considering the way it is pushed onto Mae by her colleagues during her first few months) is emphasised by Mercer, her ex-boyfriend who thinks completely differently to her.

While Mae loves the SeeChange cameras, placed everywhere to help eradicate crime, Mercer finds everything an invasion of privacy and hopes to keep his business analogue.

As any good book, The Circle brings its readers through an emotional rollercoaster. Fortunately this rollercoaster doesn’t include crying, yet it doesn’t include laughing either. Instead the reader is bound to feel interested, frustrated, impressed and utterly annoyed.