I have been going back and forth about whether or not to write this blog. Then, once I decided I would write it, I chickened out about posting it a little bit. Not because I care if I piss people off, but because I don’t want to seem… pretentious? Full of it? I don’t know.
I saw that someone did this tag and I thought “Hey, I want to do that.” So I’m doing it, regardless of whether I’m tagged or not.
eBooks got pretty big a few years ago, and now everyone is cashing in their 2 cents about whether the physical or digital book is better. Some swear by the ease and speed of eBooks, while some can’t lose the spark of nostalgia and joy they get from holding a story in their hand. Clearly you haven’t read enough blogs just like this one, so here’s my take on the whole thing.
Welcome to our April Book Anti-Haul, the post where I go through the new, best sellers on Amazon and tell you why there’s no way in hell I’m going to buy the book. I was inspired by Kimberly Clark, my favorite YouTuber. She’s a drag queen committed to helping other makeup lovers break the cycle of consumerism. In her videos, she talks about new makeup releases she’s not going to buy because they are too expensive, ridiculous, or otherwise not worth the money.
I know what you’re thinking. “But you never buy books! You get them at the library!” You know how they say ex-smokers are only one cigarette away from being smokers again? I’m only one book from being a book hoarder again. So yes, part of the reason I’m not going to buy any of these books is because it will open a flood gate of buying books, and there’s no way I’ll be able to read them in a timely fashion. But mostly, they look like a horrible waste of money. Let’s begin.
The Circle by Dave Eggers has been in the back of my mind since I first saw it at Half Price Books a few years ago. The concept was intriguing to me, but I never got around to reading it. Then I saw they were coming out with a movie, and being the book lover that I am, I had to read the book before I could sit through the movie adaptation. So I checked it out from the library.
The book’s premise is a pretty typical “what society could become” type of novel. Not quite dystopian, more like what the path to dystopia could look like. Our brave hero Mae gets a job at The Circle, a large, prestigious, and very trendy company. The Circle runs a program called TruYou, which is like a Google account. You have to use your real identity, so no one can be anonymous, and most of your utilities (banking, shopping, social media, etc.) are connected to this one account. I’m sure you can already see where this is going just based on the description of the book, but hang with me for just a second.
On to the review. As always, I am going to try to be spoiler free. I am going to be talking a lot about character development, which may give you some hints as to what’s going to happen, but I won’t spoil anything for you.