IN REVIEW | THE CIRCLE

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Some time ago, in a conversation with a good friend, I was recommended to read The Circle, and told that it had been one of her favorite books to read in a while. Many were the times that I had this book in my hands thinking if I should get it or not. So after this, of course, immediately the next day I was off to the library to get it.

Luckily, it was there on the shelf waiting for me to bring it home. I love going to the library, especially on rainy days. It is such a serene and comfy place, but anyway, going off tracks here.

It took a while for me to dig into it. I don't know about you but sometimes I feel a little bit overwhelmed by the size of the books, and this one looked like a bible. But as soon as I started reading it, I just couldn't stop.

I took it as a critic, an open eye perhaps, to how things are in our society nowadays with the phenomenon of sharing oversharing every single thing that we do in a day and never having the true control over things that we share online, plus the psychological phenomenon of cults that personally find very interesting. Sure it is a bit exaggerated and taken of limit but, I mean, it's a novel (even though they call it science fiction). I recommend it to everyone nonetheless.

David and I have been talking so much about this subject lately - social media, online sharing, and privacy, that it just really hit the right spot for me. So thank you so much, Susana, for recommending this book to me.

So to give you a short insight without giving away too much (if you want to be spoiled, please do it at your own risk), the story follows a girl who got a job at a large successful tech company which basically provides for everything to it's employers - from accommodation, clothes, food, tech, you name it - all in one place. It strives to make the world a better place, with less violence, more transparency, and share of knowledge. It is just the dream! But as in all good things, everything has a price. The company is developing some very sophisticated technologies that are put to the test by some of the main characters in the book whilst we follow their journey and thought-processing over time. There's some romance involved, and some very unfortunate events happening along the story that will make you wonder what the future awaits, sucking you in until the end.

I just now realized that this year a movie inspired by the book was released. PLEASE! Do me a favor and if this post has sparkled any interest in you, do read the book first. You will not regret it!

the circle book

Don't forget to let me know in the comments what you thought of the book if you read it, and what do you think about the constant sharing of information online. Have you ever had any not so great experience from something you shared online? Have you ever regretted posting something?



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