Well, as promised, I am starting Winter Reading early! I hope you feel free to as well. This book came to me from fellow reader Gina who sent it as a Christmas gift that I carried along with me to Poland. This book is certainly not something I would have picked up on my own, but I had fun reading it because it is written by a Jersey native who is from my same neckathawoods and his perspective shows– the depth of knowledge about the geography of the area is well accounted for and fun to read — it was like an escape back East in that respect. The story itself is dynamic and engaging, though it is filled with violence and murder as the premise- so reader beware! I am glad there were no pictures 🙂 The Circle is about a group of billionaires who have access to so much wealth, sex, drugs and alcohol that the only way they can feel again is by engaging in this private group called The Circle, which essentially is the circle of life. You are assigned someone to hunt, and someone is assigned to hunt you. If you kill your target, you get 30 days off. If the person hunting you gets killed, you get 48h reprieve. Once you are in The Circle you cannot get out, and you are watched by Watchers and cleaned up after by Cleaners (you just do the murdering!). Our protagonist, Doug Goodwin, is an innocent dude with hunting skills from Colorado. He moved out to NYC with his terrible friend, Eric, who has an Ego and sells his friend out to The Circle to pay a debt he owes. A lot of people die in this book from start to finish, which is sort of the point. Poor Doug resists The Circle hard — he loses a lot of people in the process.
This is Galgon’s first novel and I would say it is a success. If I had to liken it to a familiar read, The Hunger Games comes to mind only with mostly adult men. I read its 421 pages in just a few days and am looking forward to talking with Gina (@gguccidoll12) about it! Part of me wonders if Galgon hopes for this to become a movie. There is mention of a sequel in his bio.
Winter has officially begun, and since it’s dark at 4pm here in Maków Podhalański, reading is the most fitting of activities.