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The Circle by Dave Eggers (2013)

circleImagine if Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, and Apple were all bought out by the same mega-company. All of your data, from your food preferences to your medical history, would be linked and readily available. All of your work and your social life would be online. Then imagine there are cameras everywhere that you can check feeds of at any moment to keep an eye on revolts in the Middle East or the surf conditions at your favorite beach. All of this and more are possible with the Circle—and this future is not too far off from our own.

The main character, Mae, is a newbie at the Circle, working in Customer Experience, answering tech questions, but her role at the media giant quickly grows as the Circle becomes the center of her life. Readers will follow in awestruck terror as Mae becomes tied up in this world, even at the risk of her parents and former friend, even at the risk of her own privacy. This book is not a thriller, but at times, it might feel like one, as you shout helplessly at the page for Mae and others at the Circle to change their ways. Dave EggersThe Circle – a sci-fi dystopia – will feel all too familiar to anyone concerned with technology, social media, and privacy, and serves as a warning as well as being a page turner you won’t be able to put down.

Wool by Hugh Howey (2013)

index.aspxThe outside is toxic and deadly. For generations, humankind has been confined to a massive underground silo. Everyone must serve a purpose and are tightly regulated to make sure nothing goes to waste. Step outside of the law, and you are sentenced to death by “cleaning” – sent outside with a suit designed to keep you alive only long enough to clean the exterior landscape cameras. Why all those sentenced actually go through with the cleaning is a mystery to those in the silo….

Juliette, a young woman from the mechanical division, is handpicked to become the next sheriff after the last one volunteered to clean. As she becomes acclimated to her new position, Juliette starts piecing together information that makes her question the purpose and motives of the Silo’s leaders – information that could get her sentenced to clean in a heartbeat. Hugh Howey’s suspenseful post-apocalyptic novel pulls the reader into the world of the Silo and precariously holds them right at the tip between order and chaos. The first in a trilogy, Wool will leave you scrambling for the next installment.