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I recently finished reading The Circle – this is my review! Read on to find out what I thought of The Circle by Dave Eggers.

REVIEW: The Circle

In this review I’m going to be comparing a lot of it to the Netflix adaptation of The Circle, because  I watched this a few years ago before I even knew there was an original book it was based on.

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CHARACTERS–

Some parts of The Circle were infuriating, because Mae completely changes over the course of the book – but rather than seeing this as a problem or a fault, I saw this as the exact point of the novel. Mae allows The Circle to change her, fundamentally, because she begins to value her social media appearance more than her personal values. The Circle acts like a cautionary tale; social media is a great benefit but capitalism and total control can be catastrophic.

PLOT–

The plot of The Circle is quite unusual but I don’t want to be too specific about why because it ventures into spoilers territory. The ending was a twist but not in the usual way – most of The Circle’s film adaptation follows the book quite closely, but in the final couple of chapters the book and the film divert from one another. Although the film’s ending is much more satisfying, it is also more commercial and I think I prefer the book’s ending because it is chilling yet realistic.

OVERALL–

I’m giving The Circle a full 5* rating because it was a philosophical, introspective read that I thoroughly enjoyed! It made me reflect on how I use social media and how even people with the best of intentions can be corrupted by money and power. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the expansion of technology, social media and how our online and offline lives can interact.

Have you read or watched The Circle? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!


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This is my review of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.

Review: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the base material for the original Bladerunner, is a book I’ve wanted to read for a long time. It is part of my cyborgs and literature module next term at university and is one of the first university books I looked at.

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TITLE–

Although I won’t usually be reviewing the title of books,  I wanted to mention how much I liked the title of this book. It is not only an interesting philosophical question but further relates to the electric sheep Deckard talks about in the opening chapters.

CHARACTERS–

If I had to criticise any element of the book, it would be the characters. I felt like the characterisation of Deckards wife didn’t always make sense and a significant part of this was because the concept of the mood organ and ‘dialing in’ isn’t explained. While it is easy enough to guess what this is some way of manipulating the emotions, I felt like the book should have explained or at least described this a little more. I did love the many twists revolving around a specific character (who I won’t mention to keep this spoiler free, but you’ll know once you reach the final act of the book.

PLOT–

I found it difficult to start Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? purely because of the number of invented words and concepts that aren’t explained.

OVERALL–

I’m giving Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? a 4* rating. I prefer it a lot to the Bladerunner film (which, admittedly, I’ve only watched once; but confused the heck out of me) and I’m interested in reading more of Philip K. Dicks work… I recently bought Electric Dreams which I look forward to reading and comparing.

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