The Circle by Dave Eggers
# of Pages: 497
Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars (Ikr, ouch)
Do I recommend this book?
Ratings (out of 10):
Plot development: 2
Ease of Reading: 3
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):
Before I start, I would like to say that if you did enjoy this book, that is perfectly okay. We are all entitled to our own opinions. My opinion just happens to be very negative.
This book was horrible. I did not enjoy it at all. And that really sucks because I wanted to like this book because the movie is coming out, and Emma Watson’s in it.
The characters were absolutely awful, and I think that’s what made this book practically unbearable. Mae had no depth or development, and she kept making such stupid horrible decisions. She was so naive, and such a boring and flat character to follow. Who knows though, maybe Emma Watson will do such a good job as an actress that I’ll enjoy the movie version of Mae.
The plot was also incredibly boring. I was tired of this book by page 150, and I still had 350 to go. I was hoping for a much more exciting story. I also wasn’t expecting Mae to be so boring. Like in some books I’ve read and liked, when the plot was kind of slow, the characters were fantastic, but in this book both the characters and the plot were awful.
The ending was also horrible, like what the heck Dave Eggers. It was like he was trying to write a modern version of stuff like 1984 and Fahrenheit 451, but he ended up writing a really boring book that didn’t open my eyes in any way like those other books did.
So I’m sorry I only gave this book one star, but that’s all it deserved in my opinion.
Hopefully the movie will be better. My expectations are definitely really low now.