Today’s frenzied obsession with social media is taken to its extreme in The Circle, which creates a dystopian world of overtly policed social connectivity. When Mae lands a job with The Circle in customer experience, her competitiveness sees her living her whole life ‘transparently’ within a few weeks, her every waking moment naked to the gaze of the social universe. Eggers articulates social media’s continued erosion of privacy, and questions the balance between interactivity and overactivity in a mode that is both credible and disturbing.
This fascinating and disturbingly realistic read may not be for everyone but I LOVED it. The Program is set in a world where suicide is increasing and depression is considered a virus. If you’re caught showing any symptoms then you will be taken and put in the program where they will erase any memories that may be causing it. Although The Program is a dystopian novel, the world itself is quite contemporary and I really liked that blend. Also the romance in this story was perfect for the die-hard romantics (like me). A real page-turner!!!
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1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
2. Narrow Road to the Deep North
5. I Am Malala
7. Build Your Own R2-D2
8. Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition
10. Saints of the Shadow Bible