I felt the same way about it. Not too sure at the beginning but ended up hooked on it and read it quickly. I was (maybe predictably) disappointed by the movie and didn't get halfway through.
Glad you liked the book!
I had to stop after about forty pages because it's so terribly written it actually made me angry. For example, the protagonist's main personality trait is that she has "curves that brought the attention of men of myriad ages and motives."
Yeah I felt the same. Some bits were very ham-fisted, but in general it kept me hooked and made me think a lot more about tech and it's role in our lives - how it keeps getting bigger and bigger. I haven't seen the film yet though.
I think it's a great premise and I enjoyed it for the most part. Honestly wish it had just gone on longer and explored the concept further. Felt too short to properly explore the implications and affects this sort of monitoring and constant surveillance would have on people. Besides that I thought it was a good book. What else did you think?
I quite liked it! Definitely made me stop and think about our technology-driven society.
I’m trying to avoid the film though, because I’ve heard it’s awful and I don’t want to ruin the story for myself.
I liked it but I think it was a missed opportunity. Had he written it after the Trump era he could have explored the National/global influence tech has on governments/broader society. He’s started getting there but kept it in the first person perspective. All in all I thought it was a good read.
A bit over the top, but it interesting to see their extreme views on how far things could go.
I read the whole thing and the negative spiral of how technology could effect our lives felt very real. That was what kept me interested. As a female, it was very obvious to me that the book was written by a man even though the main character is a woman. That jumped out at me several times while reading and took me out of the story.
I also watched the movie and as expected it was missing a lot of aspects of the book that I liked.
*Edit - If you like the book, definitely give the movie a try and I also highly recommend 'Black Mirror' on Netflix. The theme is the same throughout and Episode 2 of season 4 is very similar to an idea explored in the book but pushed a bit further.
I quite enjoyed *The Circle* though I feel it was missing something.
In many ways it's similar to other speculative works of utopia/dystopia (ie. *Brave New World*, *1984*) but it doesn't quite reach the peak that such works do. This might be because the lens of time makes *The Circle* too fresh to view with a perspective removed from our current world and perhaps will be remembered as a strikingly prescient speculation sometime in the future (hindsight is 20/20, as they say). In my opinion, the biggest thing holding this book back is its length: it's overly long and winded at points - so much so that it detracts from the thrust of power and poignancy that might otherwise breathe life into its narrative.
Eggers' novel addresses some extreme ideas that feel very much possible which lends some weight to the novel and makes it achingly scary at times.
not a bad idea, but not that gripping or really that thought-provoking. in other words, i think he failed to execute the concept as well as it deserved.
I didn't like it at all. It made me want to delete all of my social media accounts after I finished it. Obviously, I didn't do that, after my annoyance with the book wore off. Maybe, at 42, I'm just too old to "get" it--I am old enough to remember when the Internet and social media as we know them today didn't exist. And the thing I couldn't quite get my head around was this--if everyone is sitting around all day watching the video feeds of the thousands of people they're connected to, how the hell is anybody getting anything done?