Book Review | The Circle by Dave Eggers

book cover The Circle by Dave EggersI really enjoyed reading this book. The Circle tells the story of early-20’s Mae who has just been hired to work for a major internet company in Silicon Valley (think Google). Her friend Annie, loved by all, hooked her up from inside the company. Eggers shows the glamour of a sprawling high-tech campus with food and festivities abound, no expenses spared. Mae’s lifestyle changes as she delves deeper into her work at The Circle and loses anchored outside connections.

Eggers forces the reader to think about the true definition of reality and how much of a role the internet currently plays there. This book is partially about social awareness and offers a direction in which our society might be headed. Ignoring hidden – or not so hidden – messages, The Circle is just a solid good read. Mae has a few character flaws that bug you, but also make her realistic. She enjoys kayaking in the Bay and has some romantic encounters that spice things up a bit. Eggers’s style of writing is very polished and easy to read, but not overly simplistic. The book did leave me wanting more though – maybe more of a conclusion, more of the story, more brain activity from Mae… Check the book out from your local library, if you can handle the current hold queue, and let me know what you think.


About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2 Responses to Book Review | The Circle by Dave Eggers

  1. mary says:

    Thanks for the info on B &Baker and the great book reviews!

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