By Dave Eggers
The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling writer of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the nationwide ebook Award.
When Mae Holland is employed to paintings for the Circle, the world's strongest web corporation, she feels she's been given the possibility of an entire life. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, hyperlinks users' own emails, social media, banking, and buying with their common working procedure, leading to one on-line id and a brand new age of civility and transparency. As Mae excursions the open-plan workplace areas, the towering glass eating amenities, the comfortable dorms if you spend nights at paintings, she is delighted with the company's modernity and job. There are events that final during the evening, there are well-known musicians taking part in at the garden, there are athletic actions and golf equipment and brunches, or even an aquarium of infrequent fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by way of the CEO. Mae can't think her success, her nice fortune to paintings for the main influential corporation in America--even as lifestyles past the campus grows far away, while an odd come across with a colleague leaves her shaken, while her function on the Circle turns into more and more public. What starts because the pleasing tale of 1 woman's ambition and idealism quickly turns into a heart-racing novel of suspense, elevating questions on reminiscence, background, privateness, democracy, and the bounds of human wisdom.
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