I have enjoyed several books since reading The Circle when it came out last year, but no other book has stayed on my mind and continued to intrigue me for its foresight. The book chronicles the entrance of a young woman, named Mae Holland, into an Apple/Amazon/Google-type work environment. The fictional company, called the Circle, wants to control just about everything through its portal. As she gets sucked into this all-encompassing environment, we start to realize the dangers of today’s social media environment. Eggers wrote about things that were not a reality then but have since come to fruition.
For example, the Circle controls money through its easy to use pay system and Mae wears cameras to transmit what she is seeing to others.
Like Brave New World, or 1984, The Circle offers a scary look at a believable future. Pick it up, and you won’t be able to put it down.