The Circle by Dave Eggers

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Mae Holland is thrilled when she gets hired at the world famous company The Circle. The Circle is the leader of technological advances and has basically monopolized the use of the internet and social media. In addition, they strive to streamline daily activities, so they found a way to integrate all social media accounts, payment options, purchase history, etc to create a single online identity.

In this new age of transparency, Mae is excited to see what else The Circle comes up with…until she has a strange interaction with a coworker who talks of the problems the lack of privacy can cause. The Circle is a book full of technological innovations, suspense, and moral questions, and I couldn’t get enough of it.

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Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

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After a very successful day at a work conference Hannah can’t wait to get home and tell her long-term boyfriend Matt that she’s up for a promotion for work. After walking in the door, she realizes he’s not home…and neither are any of his things. All of his clothes, pictures, and belongings are gone. Hannah starts to panic and goes to call him only to realize his phone number has been deleted from her phone. When she tries to call it, she finds it’s been disconnected. All of his pictures are also gone from her phone, and his social media accounts have all been deleted. He’s also quit his job.

With no answers and no way to contact Matt, Hannah begins to spiral downward and lose her grip. She starts receiving notes and other items in her house…are they from Matt, or from someone else? Why did Matt up and leave her with no explanation?

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Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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In the year 2575, seventeen year old Kady breaks up with her boyfriend Ezra. Little did she know that would also be the day that their planet was attacked. Still reeling from their breakup, Kady and Ezra must work together to get safely inside one of the spaceships that can get them off of their planet and reach a safe point. After making it to the ships, they are separated, and Ezra makes it onto the spaceship Alexander, and Kady makes it onto Hypatia.

Little do they know, their problems are just beginning. Not only is a virus spreading and causing those contaminated into attempt to harm others, but the corporation who invited their planet is hot on their tail trying to wipe out any remaining survivors. The commanders of the ships are remaining tight lipped about all of the details, so Kady decides to take things into her own hands by hacking into the computer systems. It turns out that the one person who can help her uncover the truth is none other than her ex-boyfriend, Ezra.

Told through a series of case files, IM’s, emails, interviews, and more, Illuminae is a fast paced story about two regular teenagers forced to step up in order to save themselves and the ones they love.

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The Girl From Yesterday by Kathryn Miller Haines

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Recovering drug addict Helen has finally gotten her life together. She regularly attends her NA meetings, doesn’t drink alcohol or caffeine, and doesn’t have sex. She has a job she loves working at a bakery with her aunt, and has a stable boyfriend. Things are finally looking up – or so she thought. When she’s contacted by the police who inform her that her childhood best friend Carrie has been found murdered and that her name was found on the body, things start to fall apart.

Even though Helen hasn’t heard from Carrie in 15 years, the police are still suspicious of Helen’s involvement. In order to prove her innocence, she dives back into her past and starts her own investigations. In doing so, she uncovers a lot of lies and a lot of secrets, and on top of that, it seems that someone is hell bent on getting her to break her sobriety. As she falls farther down the rabbit hole, she starts to question whether she can even trust herself…

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Perfect (Flawed #2) by Cecelia Ahern

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Perfect picks up where Flawed left off – Celestine is on the run after being branded as Flawed. Judge Crevan, the man who sentenced her to her five brands and gave her an illegal sixth brand, is determined to find her before she can tell anyone what he did to her. Celestine has to learn who she can trust and what it’s like to live as Flawed.

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman

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As news reports start coming in of seemingly normal people going crazy and then killing themselves, Malorie starts to worry about what’s happening in the world. These reports claim that each of the people who went crazy all saw something just before it happened. What they saw, no one knows. As rumors start swirling that what these people saw were actually creatures, Malorie decides she needs to flee her house and get somewhere safer, especially now that she just found out she’s pregnant. Not far from where she lives, a group of people have offered shelter to those in need, so she heads there.

Told in alternating timelines, we follow Malorie when the events first start happening and then fast forward to five years later, where she’s now trying to flee again to a place that she and the two 4 year old children that are with her can live safely, and in a world where they don’t constantly have to be blindfolded. In order to get to this place, Malorie and the kids will have to row 20 miles down a river, while blindfolded the entire time. Who knows what’s lurking outside?

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Dare Me by Megan Abbott

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Unfortunately, I hated this book. This was a situation where I bought the book in a store, thinking the description sounded good. Then, I added it on Goodreads and saw that it didn’t have very good reviews. From there, it sat on my shelf from the time I bought it in 2013 to now. I was making a serious effort to get through some of the backlist books that have been on my shelf the longest, and this was one of those. I hoped that despite the bad reviews, I might enjoy this one. I was wrong.

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