Mae has secured a job in the most fascinating firm of the world. She’ll earn a lot of money in a cool office. Her parents are about to get their insurance paid. She is beside herself with joy. But we all know she’ll have to make some painful choices and pay a horrible price as this book is a dystopia. It is Dave Eggers „The Circle“.
And what choices can a woman make? It has to be a choice between men, of course. There is Mercer her EX, whom she still likes though she doesn’t admit it to herself. Then there is Kalder, a mysterious co-worker or spy, with whom she has hot sex. But he disappears again and again and is unreachable. We all know how important it is for women to be called… Then there is the plain guy. He is reachable, nice most of the times and he is vulnerable. We all know how much women like vulnerable men. He’s a zero in bed though.
And then there are the Three Wise Men. The founders and so on of the Circle. Wow. There’s the mysterious one. The fatherly one. And one is a predator (sharklike capitalist).
Now, I don’t want to get into details about the rest of the book, because it is so predictable in the first place. I only want to add that besides unconvincingly stupid or cliché characters and a very boring plot the book has some important things to say about our habits of using the internet, especially social media, and how dangerous that can be. I recommend anyone interested in these topics to read „No place to hide“ by Glenn Greenwald. Or „1984“ by George Orwell. There are also some parts in „The Circle“ that illustrate this problem pretty good. It is just not enough to read the boring, and one might argue misogynist rest.