My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book was in a word—chilling.
While there’s not a ton of action going on the story propels forward on discussions of morality which I found gripping and rather entertaining. I loved the ideas developed within the Circle and how Eggers would present them in all their glory. As a reader you’d wish these inventions were real until you begin to see the pervasive dark side of it all.
I picked this book up because The Blockbuster Code cited it as the highest rank on their algorithm for success and wanted to see what it was all about. I can’t agree that it fits some mold for success because if anything, this book is highly original. Unlike most blockbusters, it’s not action heavy and has more character introspection than you’d find in your summer fun read type of book. That said though, it did work for this story.
What didn’t work, for me at least, was the whole Mae love interest angle. The middle of The Circle sagged with this thread. It was just a case of who cares who she goes with? I can say that I didn’t. Beyond that the numerous references to (view spoiler)
I did love the ending though. An amazing finish that portrays the parallels to real life and left this reader scared for a possible future that may be closer than we think.