My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In the dawning age ambient awareness, the Circle serves as a cautionary tale of the excesses of oversharing and our eagerly given trust to corporations that enable us to do so. It’s a chilling story that helps us to check some of the impulses to post something for every given moment or to the desire to swap privacy for convenience. And it’s a hell of a good read to boot.
But this book is not for everyone. Particularly those who can’t suspend their disbelief for the sake of a good story. The plot and character-development (such as it is) is heavy-handed and intentionally so. It’s a work of satire meant to conjure feelings of discomfort toward the characters’ behaviors who are only slightly exaggerated versions of our own.
That said, the emphasis on caricatures and metaphor can go a bit too far. Even knowing this was a satire, the scene with the aquarium was so ham-fisted metaphor I wanted to skip ahead.
All-in-all, though, I loved this book. It’s a sobering reminder that we need to question the promises of techno-utopian visions and the motives of those who stand to profit from their implementation.