The Circle - Dave Eggers

The Circle

By Dave Eggers

  • Release Date: 2013-10-08
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 852 Ratings


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.

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.


  • Well that was a waste of time.

    By Shae1212121
    The main character's development was so poor it was aggravating. To save you the read, this is how it went: Side character: Mae, I don't like the idea of all my information being public. Mae: It's a good thing! You'll never be alone. Side character: Mae I don't want all of my information published. Mae: I'm going to help you by publishing all of your personal information! That was it. Over and over and over again. There was zero growth in her character, she was snide and self centered and the majority of the time I didn't understand why she made the decisions she did. It's disappointing because this book began with so much potential! I was instantly intrigued and wanted to know how it ended. Now that I know, I wish I didn't waste my time or money with it.
  • Fascinating, But Not Essential

    By DigitalEl
    The world-building is captivating, but this book drags on and ultimately peters out.
  • Great book

    By Big Dan Big D
    It's scary to see that this could be our lives one day. The way social media can take over our lives. Great book! I look forward to the movie as well!!
  • Awesome? Frown.

    By RVADana
    This was a challenging read for me. The binary nature of the question about Mae in Demoxie sums up my feelings about this book: when awesome becomes a yes or no question, everything not awesome becomes horrible. This was a thought provoking book for me. The increasing integration of technology into our lives is often portrayed as an intrusion. The need for technology to achieve a transcendent completion is something often described in fiction. And the binary nature of the book's questions - if it's not awesome, it's terrible - makes it easy to not think too hard. That's why I rated three stars. The questions are complex, and the answers are too pat. I think it's worth reading, and I will likely read again in a few months. Some of the hardest sections to read are Mae's HR interviews. They are remarkably well written, the feeling of ants crawling around your head as the circular logic of the circle takes hold is really compelling. The least appealing sections are the anti-capitalist message (really, a shark is a bit on the nose) and the premature nature of Francis. C'mon.
  • 1984?

    By gelrod
    A few other commenters compared this book to a modern 1984. I agree. When I first saw "Sharing is Caring" I was reminded of some of the phrases in Orwell's book. And, like others I was quite disappointed in the ending. It was as if several pages were missing. I expected a sequel, but alas, haven't seen one (is there a sequel?). So, decent, but disappointing.
  • The circle is upon us?

    By Zack Pierce
    The circle gives great insight on what the startling advance of technology can bring. How far down the rabbit hole of technology will we go. Well, if you want to know then you should check out the circle. The circle resembles a company like Facebook and Google combined and then added a whole bunch of steroids to that concoction. The book focuses on Mae and her journey while being in the circle. The twist and turns of this book are entertaining and insightful and it makes me feel paranoid on this roller coaster ride into our possible future.
  • You won't look at social media the same

    By jameyfrank
    This story instills a sense of personal paranoia with its page turner writing style, and the disturbing transformation of a young employee who "drank the koolaid." Too much if it has already come to pass, and it calls into question our right to privacy, and the extent to which we have relinquished it. A very entertaining read.
  • poorly predictable

    By okshorty
    I read this for a book club group. It had potential in the beginning, but the storyline became disappointedly predictable when plot twisters could have added more depth. There were mind numbing "filler" pages, so I skimmed through 25% of the book. I felt no connection to the main character nor the other ones. A very flat storyline.
  • Circle by Dave Eggers

    By Aleksandrovych89
    Boring times a million. Girl I went out with recommended. "Oh I just finished Circle, tata-tata, very interesting prospective". So much for reading books to have a common ground with people, whose opinion you don't hold in the highest esteem.
  • Terrible book

    By Curt101a
    Waste of money Slow moving Repetitive Plot and character never come together Really not ending that made sense Story line could have been done in 150 pages A waste of time save your money