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.
Rating; 3/5 – the concept was brilliant but the general plot needs work.
What I liked; I really liked the idea of a company effectively owning the internet, it was something that I could definitely relate to and see happening in the future, it was interesting concept and it was something that I really enjoyed. I liked the characters, I had some issues with them but overall they were enjoyable and I liked the stories that came from them.
What I loved; I loved the different projects that the company were researching and I thought that they raised some pretty serious ideas and also questioned the length to which our morals will go and questioned the very essence of what makes the human society work and questions the very moral fibre of what makes us, us. I think this was really cleverly done and I found that even I was questioning how far I would go in order to make the world a safer and better place.
What I disliked; I found it really hard to connect to the characters and I thought that although the story attempted to bring them into and create realistic characters it jumped too quickly and I felt as though it wasn’t coherent. I really didn’t connect with the characters and their stories, I thought that many of them could have been scrapped with no harm to the story.
What I hated; I didn’t realise how much I didn’t like and really hated about this novel until I started writing this review. I hated the ending it felt false, it felt as though he was trying to be ‘clever’ but it came off as a cop out. I also thought that the twist was super obvious, and was really unimpressed by the revelation. In terms of the characters, I found it really hard to believe that anyone would be so stupid even if the perks were fantastic.
What I read next; Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes, this was my free book on amazon for the month!