Once upon a time, we used to think about the future and the many wonderful things we would be able to do online, and we used to say ‘one day we’ll be able to do this.’ And now we live in a time period where the mentality changed from ‘one day we will do it’ to ‘now we can do it, and we should.‘ And we mostly do that without pausing to wonder what the repercussions may be. The Circle explores and deepen this idea.
The Circle is a disturbing book, not only because of the troubling ideas and themes described within, but more importantly, because we live in a world where The Circle (a clear surrogate for Google) could easily happen. I cannot begin to mention the number of times I stopped and thought ‘wow, this could happen right now and no one would bat an eyelash.’ In fact, a chase near the end of the book brought to mind the Reddit manhunt for the Boston bombers. It’s a timely book, almost terrifyingly so.
Halfway through the book, I’d mentioned that this is 2013’s 1984. This is a book that will cause you to pause repeatedly while reading it, pondering if the story it tells isn’t so far removed from the world we’re living in right now, and that maybe – just maybe – we’re just as doomed.