The Circle


One exciting thought that might have entered your head during senior year or the start of summer was “no more summer reading”.  Well, in most cases that is true.  The university I’m going to wants all of the freshman to have a First Year Reading Experience.  Basically, we get into small groups for a little bit once the semester starts (fall only of our freshman year) and discuss the book we read.  This year, we’re reading The Circle by Dave Eggers.

It’s a pretty easy read.  In only a couple of hours you can have a decent chunk of the book already done.  For those of you who don’t know what this book is about, heres what it says on the back:

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 – 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 capti-

vating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a

heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, his-

tory, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

Although the story was interesting, there were parts of the novel I didn’t necessarily care for.  The characters, for example, got a little annoying.  And the story itself?  Interesting but a little bit predictable nonetheless (as is most books in this type of futuristic perspective).  “Good guys” turn out bad (sort of), bad guys try to take over, good guys win in the end.  Despite being a little predictable and the characters, I did enjoy reading the novel.  It was an interesting take on the ideals of a utopian society and all its implications.  Definitely check it out if you’re looking for a fun, thought provoking summer read that matches your new Revlon Coralberry lipstick you’ve been dying to finally get a chance to wear (I really need to find good time to wear it and soon before summer ends and I go back to my deeper berries and plums for fall).

Hope you all enjoy your last few weeks of summer before school starts to kick back up!


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