The Circle is about big corporations and data. Written in 2013, I think it would have been more shocking to read back then. Honestly too much of the events in the book seem like real life now. It’s still a good read and a big fricken warning about how careless we (mostly) all are with our data and privacy.
This was a book club read and it was generally enjoyed, though a few people said they enjoyed the film more. I haven’t seen it yet, but will report back when I do. It’s such a rare statement to make about a book and a film, I will have to watch it!
So what is The Circle actually about? Recent graduate Mae Holland gets a very sought after job at a tech company. She loves the company, with all their social perks and on-site amenities. There are social clubs and you are expected to interact with your colleagues on social media as part of your job. How delightful! Clearly it very soon takes a very dark turn. You can predict the rest.
Her immediate supervisor was a man named Kevin, who served as the ostensible technology officer at the utility, but who, in a strange twist, happened to know nothing about technology.
We’ve all been there, right?
Also, The Circle gave me this quote:
some terrible sex-porn-witchcraft controversy?
and I’m giving you no context at all for it, but it doesn’t sound so terrible?
The Circle is a good read. It’s nearly 500 pages though, so I might just recommend you watch the film.