Book Review: The Circle by Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers’s sly novel takes on the tech giants
Dave Eggers at the National Book Awards on Nov. 18, 2009, in New York Photograph by Tina Fineberg/AP Images

There’s a long tradition of sci-fi horror that cleverly plays on contemporary social trends. The “pod people” trope of the 1950s exploited fears of spreading Communism. In the early ’70s, as women found new freedom in the workplace, The Stepford Wives imagined suburban homemakers as robot slaves. This year, in the wake of Occupy Wall Street, the film Elysium posited an off-world retreat for the elite—abandoning the 99 Percent to slog it out amid the squalor left behind.

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