From the award-winning, bestselling author of The Circle comes an exciting new follow-up. When the world's largest search engine/social media company, the Circle, merges with the planet's dominant ecommerce site, it creates the richest and most dangerous - and, oddly enough,...Read More
From the award-winning, bestselling author of The Circle comes an exciting new follow-up. When the world's largest search engine/social media company, the Circle, merges with the planet's dominant ecommerce site, it creates the richest and most dangerous - and, oddly enough, most beloved - monopoly ever known: the Every.
Delaney Wells is an unlikely new hire at the Every. A former forest ranger and unwavering tech skeptic, she charms her way into an entry-level job with one goal in mind: to take down the company from within. With her compatriot, the not-at-all-ambitious Wes Makazian, they look for the Every's weaknesses, hoping to free humanity from all-encompassing surveillance and the emoji-driven infantilization of the species. But does anyone want what Delaney is fighting to save? Does humanity truly want to be free?
Studded with unforgettable characters, outrageous outfits, and lacerating set-pieces, this companion to The Circle blends absurdity and terror, satire and suspense, while keeping the reader in apprehensive excitement about the fate of the company - and the human animal.
DAVE EGGERS is the author of many books, among them The Circle--the companion to the book you are holding--and also The Monk of Mokha, A Hologram for the King, What Is the What, and The Museum of Rain. He is the cofounder of 826 National, a network of youth writing centers, and Voice of Witness, an oral history book series that illuminates the stories of those impacted by human rights crises. He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and is the recipient of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the American Book Award. He has attended the JetPack Aviation academy in Moorpark, California, but is not yet certified to fly off-tether. Born in Boston and raised in Illinois, he has now lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for three decades. He and his family often consider leaving, but they do not leave.
"Once a decade a book like The Every advances the frontier of literary excellence: a book that reflects our culture. Predicts our future. Worm-holes into our subconscious. Delivers artful and complex characters, metaphor, ideas, narrative. Provides percussive movements of levity, gravity, grace, suspense, hilarity." - Kerri Arsenault, The Boston Globe
"(A) great-grandchild of Zamyatin's We, but now the 'perfect society' is Silicon Valley. Be careful what you wish for!" - Margaret Atwood, via Twitter
"Eggers is a wonderful storyteller with an alert and defiant vision. His down-home decency means he pulls short of articulating a thought that recurred for me throughout reading The Every threatened with spiritual extinction through conformism, sanitization, shame, inanity and surveillance, it might yet be our evil, our perversity, our psychopathology, our hate that prove the saving of us." - Rob Doyle, The Guardian
"[This is a] remarkable piece of satire, riven as it is with horribly plausible ideas and horribly good jokes. It's one thing to sound a warning about how we are on a slippery slope to a kind of consumerist fascism where we exchange liberty for convenience. What Eggers does so well is make The Every alluring as well as alarming. . . . Eight years after The Circle was published, there is all too little that rings false about its predictions about social media. If the same is true of The Every, we are in even more trouble than we thought we were." -The Times
"A darkly hilarious narrative that doesn't just hit close to home. It burns the home down and then coldly assassinates all insurance adjusters who arrive on the scene to offer redemption." - Eric Mack, CNET
"Prescient, sardonic and more than a little frightening." - Paul Wilner, San Francisco Examiner
"Eggers has long established his almost supernatural storytelling skills, and this new book is positively mesmerizing and wholly original." - BookPage
"A thought-provoking and wickedly dark satire." - Brad Stone, Bloomberg
"A prescient--and hilarious--meditation on the rise of tech giants and how our blind trust in them could ultimately be our demise." - Harper's Bazaar
"What a perfect summation of our growing fears about Big Tech . . . cleverly speculating on the dystopia we'd face if these firms joined forces." - Alison Beard, Harvard Business Review
"Daringly explodes cherished assumptions . . . A riveting, astute, darkly hilarious, and deeply unnerving speculative saga." - Booklist
"Dave Eggers is one of my favorite people to talk to about everything. I hugely admire Dave--his novels, the plotting, the diction, his slyness, his intellectual generosity. The Every is a terrific book." - Virginia Heffernan, This is Critical
"Each matter-of-fact aside about how life has evolved from our present day into this book's near future is a comedic dystopian gem Don Delillo could love." -Nathan Matisse, Ars Technica
"[The Every] . . . sparkles with provocative ideas." - Publishers Weekly
"Some of the sharpest satire about our tech-obsessed world." - Kara Swisher, Sway
"A dystopian thriller packed with absurdist encounters." - Vanity Fair
"Hilarious and horrifying and idealistic. An unusual combination in a novel, or in anything else, really, but here the necessary result of a powerful writer taking on much of what matters most to our future." - Mohsin Hamid, author of Exit West
"The novel's perspective on Big Tech may strike some people as excessively dire, but it comes from a place of genuine concern: Eggers is careful to limit the intrusion of technology into his own life. . . . And it's also worth reading the book precisely because it lays out the worst-case scenario of technology that caters to the public's growing taste for self-optimization, convenience, and a life without guilt." - Sarah Todd, Quartz