I’m going to make a confession. I am having a really long week and, although I have some blog ideas in the wings, I just can’t commit to sitting down this morning and writing one of them. I do want to get up a blog as I usually do on Friday, so I thought maybe a life update was in order.
I have anxiety. Really bad, crippling, life controlling anxiety.
I’m breaking a few of my own rules here. This book was not on my to read list as discussed in a previous blog. I put a hold on it at the library and it happened to be available so I went ahead and checked it out, which is breaking another rule where I’m not supposed to put things on hold while I’ve got other things to read. Oh well.
eBooks got pretty big a few years ago, and now everyone is cashing in their 2 cents about whether the physical or digital book is better. Some swear by the ease and speed of eBooks, while some can’t lose the spark of nostalgia and joy they get from holding a story in their hand. Clearly you haven’t read enough blogs just like this one, so here’s my take on the whole thing.
Whoopdie doo time for another book review. That wasn’t as sarcastic as it sounded, I just thought I would be whimsical and start with a rhyme. You know what, let’s just forget that first sentence even happened.
The Circle by Dave Eggers has been in the back of my mind since I first saw it at Half Price Books a few years ago. The concept was intriguing to me, but I never got around to reading it. Then I saw they were coming out with a movie, and being the book lover that I am, I had to read the book before I could sit through the movie adaptation. So I checked it out from the library.
The book’s premise is a pretty typical “what society could become” type of novel. Not quite dystopian, more like what the path to dystopia could look like. Our brave hero Mae gets a job at The Circle, a large, prestigious, and very trendy company. The Circle runs a program called TruYou, which is like a Google account. You have to use your real identity, so no one can be anonymous, and most of your utilities (banking, shopping, social media, etc.) are connected to this one account. I’m sure you can already see where this is going just based on the description of the book, but hang with me for just a second.
On to the review. As always, I am going to try to be spoiler free. I am going to be talking a lot about character development, which may give you some hints as to what’s going to happen, but I won’t spoil anything for you.