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.
Flawed is set in a society where perfection rules, any anything outside of being perfect is unacceptable. The main character, Celestine, is a straight-A student who is dating a powerful Judge’s son, and is an all around rule following good-girl. That is, until she breaks a society rule in an act of compassion. This results in her arrest and subsequent trial. The trial will determine what her punishment will be, and most of all, will determine if she is found to be Flawed. Being Flawed means your skin is branded, you wear an armband that marks you as Flawed (think Scarlett Letter), and you follow a different set of rules. No luxuries, bland food, curfews, and ultimately being shunned form society. As the trial results are announced, Celestine finds there are a large number of people who support her choice and are ready to make their own play at overthrowing the government. Flawed follows Celestine as she works to find out who she can trust, and what actions she needs to take next.