Soon to be a Major Motion Picture, The Circle is the exhilarating novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling author of Heroes of the Frontier.
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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Ever had a conversation IRL only to see related pop-up ads on your social-media feed minutes later? Dave Eggers taps into that unnerving feeling in this spine-tingling bestseller, a philosophical novel with a thriller’s edge. Recent college grad Mae has landed a job at the Circle, a revolutionary tech company that promotes absolute transparency on the internet, compiling everything—your movie picks, shopping habits, medical records—into one very public profile. By subtly subverting the sort of techno-jargon we’ve all become familiar with online, Eggers creates an increasing sense of dread about the corporation. Mae’s blind optimism about this Big Brother–esque company is mortifyingly relatable—and narrator Dion Graham’s increasingly wary delivery highlights her slow awakening to the truth. The Circle is a chilling dystopian fantasy for our time, not only because it’s so dark, but because it’s so plausible.