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A co-worker recommended I read The Circle by Dave Eggers approximately a bajillion months ago. Taking her word for it, I purchased it that day and immediately threw it on my bookshelf to encourage the growth of a solid, pristine layer of dust before even thinking about gracing it with my shitty eyeballs. That’s how I read books, if you care to know. Purchase, marinate on bookshelf, read half a year later. Reading 101. Naturally, once I picked up The Circle and fully submersed myself between the pages, I kicked myself straight up the asshole for waiting so long to start it. This book is solid gold, kids. Here’s a quick plot synopsis 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 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.
Let me just put this out there. The Circle is Amazon. I don’t give a shit what you say, I’m right about this. What’s super disturbing about that is the fact that Dave Eggers published this book in 2013… a couple years before Amazon truly became the super power we all know it to be today. Did Jeff Bezos read this dystopian novel? Is this his actual business plan? Did he present this to his investors over coffee and donuts, a nice casual conversation about complete world domination? Is Amazon destined to become as powerful as the Circle? Is every layer of life slowly morphing into a single media platform? I fucking need answers. In the book, every facet of life is performed through the Circle. They bought Facebook. They bought Twitter. WhatsApp? I’m a crippled old woman with no knowledge of WhatsApp, but you know they went and bought that shit too. Nobody carries around purses or wallets anymore because all commerce is done through the website. All voting is done through the Circle. Your value as a human being is based solely off your Circle rating. As someone who’s happiness relies solely on daily Amazon deliveries, I’m both intrigued and freaked the fuck out.
I’m uncomfortable. But like, a comfortable kind of uncomfortable. That book was really, really interesting and kept me on the edge of my lazy boy throughout the entirety of the novel. I may only be 10 books deep so far this year, but The Circle by Dave Eggers is my favorite book read in 2019 and I stand by that wholeheartedly. Buy it, read it, and get back here. I need to talk to more people about it ASAP because the parallels between the story and real life are s h o c k i n g and I’m scared.
That’s it for today, nerds. I hope to have another review posted by the end of this week. When I’m not reading about companies plotting the demise of our civilization, I’m reading about alcohol/meth addiction because mama misses adderall and booze. Two more months until our sugar baby is born!
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