In Review

Novel of the week: The Every by Dan Eggers

Sequel to The Circle is a ‘remarkable piece of satire’

Dave Eggers’ new novel is a sequel to The Circle, his hugely successful 2013 satire about a “Facebook proxy”, said Dominic Maxwell in The Times. In this follow-up, The Circle has rebranded itself as The Every, after swallowing up a rival known as “The Jungle”.

Delaney, a new employee, is a closet hater of “surveillance capitalism”, and plans to bring the company down from the inside by launching a series of technologies so preposterous they’ll turn people against it.

Her inventions include the “relationship-wrecking app” Friendy – which can “detect whether your friend or partner is being truthful” – and Stop+Lük, an eye-tracking technology. Full of “horribly good jokes”, The Every is a “remarkable piece of satire”.

Predictably, Delaney’s scheme veers off track, said Rob Doyle in The Observer. Regular people, instead of rejecting her “moronic apps”, are so inured to having their freedom curtailed that they embrace them with gusto. The Every isn’t perfect – its plotting is “clunky” in places – but it advances lots of interesting ideas, “in the form of gulpable fictive entertainment”.

Hamish Hamilton 608pp £12.99; The Week Bookshop £9.99

The Every book cover
The Week Bookshop

To order this title or any other book in print, visit theweekbookshop.co.uk, or speak to a bookseller on 020-3176 3835. Opening times: Monday to Saturday 9am-5.30pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.

Recommended

Best properties: Grade I buildings
Grid of five houses
The wish list

Best properties: Grade I buildings

Food trends: what we’ll be eating in 2022
Yuzu
On the menu

Food trends: what we’ll be eating in 2022

Memoria
Tilda Swinton stars in Memoria
In Review

Memoria

António Horta-Osório’s unforced error
António Horta-Osório: resigned quickly
Why we’re talking about . . .

António Horta-Osório’s unforced error

Popular articles

Best new TV crime dramas of 2022
Hidden Assets BBC
In Depth

Best new TV crime dramas of 2022

Is Bosnia on the brink of another civil war?
Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik
In Depth

Is Bosnia on the brink of another civil war?

Djokovic vs. Nadal vs. Federer: career records and grand slams
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have all won 20 grand slam singles titles
Profile

Djokovic vs. Nadal vs. Federer: career records and grand slams

The Week Footer Banner