“We are not meant to know everything, Mae. Did you ever think that perhaps our minds are delicately calibrated between the known and the unknown? That our souls need the mysteries of night and the clarity of day? Young people are creating ever-present daylight, and I think it will burn us all alive. There will be no time to reflect, to sleep.”
Hello, my bookish friends. I hope you’re doing well. So, I bought a bunch of new books as a birthday gift to myself, and I haven’t had the time to read them all except one book, because I’ve been away for two weeks. Anyways, today I’m going to talk about The Circle, because I was eyeing this book for a while, and when I started it, it made me think a lot about the world of social media nowadays. Without further ado, let’s review this book!
This book follows the story of Mae Holland, who gets the opportunity to work in The Circle, which is the most advanced internet company. When Mae explores the campus, she feels that this place is where she meant to be. As days go by, Mae becomes consumed by her work and she rarely sees her family or friends anymore. Later on, she starts to question The Circle’s morals, goals, and whether it would change people’s lives to better or worse.
Let me start by saying that this book annoyed me so much. The premise is thought provoking yet disturbing at the same time. So, The Circle’s goal is to be as transparent as possible. They want to install cameras everywhere, and they want to make it mandatory. Because they strongly believe that if each person is monitored, and if people have access to observe each other all the time, then they would behave better and reconsider their actions. The idea is crazy, and I honestly can’t imagine living like that, because I’d literally lose my mind. Let’s talk about the writing style. It was easy to follow, but sometimes I felt like I was reading an article that’s filled with so many statistics and numbers, which made me lose interest a bit, but I kept reading because I desperately wanted to know how the book would end. But before I talk about how I feel about the end, I want to talk about the characters. Mae is the main character in the book. She is so self absorbed, and selfish. All she thinks about is herself and how being transparent to everyone will make her a better person, but that turned her into the worse version of herself. Engaging herself in The Circle’s programs was consuming her life, and she rarely had enough hours of sleep. And the fact that people could see her, made her change her food choices, and suppress her feelings, because she didn’t want anyone to think she is unhealthy or weak. And I hate how she forced her Ex boyfriend Mercer to engage more in the Zing Program. He is the only reasonable character that I really like in this book. Despite his efforts to convince Mae that she’s wasting her life for the sake of this company and forgetting the people she truly loves, she didn’t change her mind at all. Even her parents have no role in the book whatsoever, and that’s why I hate most of the characters, because they have no depth to their personalities. Especially Mae, I just don’t know where she stands, or what does she really want to do with her life. When it comes to the end of the book, she could’ve changed how things are supposed to be, but she chose not to. Like how selfish can she get? The end was disappointing, but I kind of saw it coming. To wrap up my review, the idea of The Circle is intriguing, but I feel like the execution didn’t do it justice. And the characters were flat to me, but this book surely gives you a lot to think about, and it makes you think about the power and effect of social media, and how some people are glued to the internet 24\7 hours believing they’re living their lives, but they’re totally not. This book made me feel terrified of the world of social media. I just wanted to stay away from the internet for a while. Regardless, this book carries a lot of important lessons, and I think everyone should read it.