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The circle : a novel
2014
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  Library Journal Review

Here Eggers (A Hologram for the King) pre-sents a dystopian near future where an all-encompassing Facebook/Google/Twitter hybrid offers its TruYou members total connectivity in an increasingly digital world. This satire follows its young protagonist, Mae Holland, as she is drawn ever deeper into the cultlike Circle, even going so far as to agree to "go transparent" by wearing a camera at all times so every moment of her life will be recorded. Despite lapsing occasionally into pedantry, the novel is entertaining and prescient. VERDICT Well read by Dion Graham, this is recommended for the general listener and especially for fans of dystopian literature. ["Eggers's seamless prose will suck readers into his satirical polemic against giving up privacy and should provide plenty of discussion around the water cooler-both literal and digital," read the review of the Knopf hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 10/18/13.-Ed.]-Wendy -Galgan, St. Francis Coll., Brooklyn (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

When 20-something Mae Holland is recruited to work at the Circle, a sort of social network on steroids that consolidates its users' various online identities (personal e-mail, social media, financial services), she's thrilled at the company's grand modernity and cutting-edge aesthetic. She delights in the Circle's exuberance and the grand fetes it throws. But as her role in the company becomes increasingly public, she becomes increasingly wary of the Circle's role in the lives of Americans. An encounter with Kalden, a shadowy figure who issues ominous pronouncements about the Circle's contribution to a dystopia, further dampens Mae's enthusiasm. Dion Graham provides inventive narration in this audio edition-capturing Mae's breathless enthusiasm at landing the job. Graham also cleanly differentiates between characters, and provides them with simple but unique voices. Despite the longtime audio partnership between Graham and Eggers-the former read A Hologram for the King and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius-the narrator seems an odd choice for this title given its female protagonist. Graham has a deep, masculine voice-and at times it can be incongruous to hear him approximate the gasps and anxieties of a young woman. A Knopf hardcover. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
Now a Major Motion Picture starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. A bestselling dystopian novel that tackles surveillance, privacy and the frightening intrusions of technology in our lives. <br> <br> 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 the world--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.
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