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Thomas & Mercer: Amazon. Jan. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781503951501. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781503946897. F
[DEBUT] Sergio Mansour is the founder and head engineer of Circles, a comprehensive social network with features expanding far beyond those of other popular social sites. As the company prepares to expand globally, it is compromised by an aggressive cyberattack of socialbots targeting user accounts, mimicking profiles, and stealing private information. Thanks to a conspiracy involving a businessman with Chinese interests, Mansour is soon targeted as a cyberterrorist and flees for his life while struggling to protect Circles' users.
VERDICT Through its international conspiracy plots, Morrison's fresh, immersive debut exposes the privacy dangers that lie in modern society's commonplace relationship with social technology. Occasionally the techie jargon may fly over some readers' heads, but overall this fast-paced technothriller will attract technophiles, Millennials, and fans of Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" series. [For a more satirical take, see Dave Eggers's The Circle.—Ed.]
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