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The Circle by Dave Eggers
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If you are looking for a book that is "un-put-downable, Dave Eggers' The Circle is it! This is the kind of book that you feel compelled to discuss with people--it would be great for a book discussion with its exploration of themes such as privacy and democracy.

Mae Holland is hired to work for a powerful tech company called "the Circle".  Imagine if Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Yahoo all merged and became one huge internet company . . . . that's The Circle.  As Mae joins the company she is excited and impressed by all the Circle offers like high-tech modern facilities, employee dorms, thematic parties, and even health insurance for her ailing father. It seems to be a utopian workplace.  But soon, Mae becomes entrenched in the Circle culture and the launch of new inventions like SeeChange cameras that can be planted anywhere to see what people are doing.  Mae also agrees to wear a camera around her neck that provides a live feed of all that she is doing every minute of every day.  Political leaders are encouraged to wear these cameras and become transparent as well.
As the novel progresses, the reader is confronted with the idea that all this technological progress doesn't align with personal freedom and privacy.  One of the Circle's taglines is " Privacy is Theft."   But, what if nothing was private anymore?  Is complete transparency the answer?  Can technological progress be a bad thing?