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WWW: Wake

A book by Robert J. Sawyer

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Sawyer Delivers a Winner!

  • Mar 26, 2009
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I was so thrilled to get an early copy of this book shipped to me by the author himself. Thanks Robert! The book didn't disappoint. Caitlin, a teenager blind from birth is a math genius and an internet whiz. She is a candidate for a special procedure being offered by a scientist in Japan that may give her a chance to see. Caitlin undergoes the procedure, which has different results than were expected. One of them being that another apparent life form is brought to a type of consciousness. As the book progresses some parts of each chapter are told in first person by the new life form. As it starts to slowly learn, what it tells becomes more complex. As an aside, a hybrid ape named Hobo has apparently picked up some independent art interpretation skills that no other ape has ever had. I don't want to give too much of the rest of the plot but two books are discussed a great deal throughout and a lot of the plot seems to paralell. One talks about the two halves of the brain being united in the first human to create self-awareness and the other is about the teaching of Helen Keller by Anne Sullivan. Not all is resolved by the end of the book and it looks like that this book will have at least one sequel. I can hardly wait for it. This series looks as good as the Hominid trilogy that Robert so masterfully presented. Thank you Mr. Sawyer for another intriguing series!

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review by . June 07, 2009
Robert Sawyer is one of my all time favorite science fiction writers.  The start of his new WWW trilogy is very promising, although WWW: Wake does have a few flaws, mostly because of loose ends that will be tied up in future novels (I hope). In Wake we meet Catlin Decter, a blind 15-year old girl, who also happens to be brilliant.  When a new experimental technology comes along that can cure her type of blindness, she receives an implant in her eye that allows for the signals to be processed …
review by . June 07, 2009
Robert Sawyer is one of my all time favorite science fiction writers. The start of his new WWW trilogy is very promising, although WWW: Wake does have a few flaws, mostly because of loose ends that will be tied up in future novels (I hope).    In Wake we meet Catlin Decter, a blind 15-year old girl, who also happens to be brilliant. When a new experimental technology comes along that can cure her type of blindness, she receives an implant in her eye that allows for the signals …
review by . April 07, 2009
I was so thrilled to get an early copy of this book shipped to me by the author himself. Thanks Robert! The book didn't disappoint. Caitlin, a teenager blind from birth is a math genius and an internet whiz. She is a candidate for a special procedure being offered by a scientist in Japan that may give her a chance to see. Caitlin undergoes the procedure, which has different results than were expected. One of them being that another apparent life form is brought to a type of consciousness. As the …
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Starred Review. The wildly thought-provoking first installment of Sawyer's WWW trilogy, serialized in Analog in 2008 and 2009, explores the origins and emergence of consciousness. Blind teen Caitlin Decter gets an experimental signal-processing implant that inexplicably opens up her vision to the wondrous infrastructure of the World Wide Web. Inside the Web is a newborn webmind, a globe-spanning self-contained consciousness that is just becoming aware of the outside world. Secondary plot threads about a highly intelligent hybrid primate and Chinese bloggers battling a repressive government extend the motif of expanding awareness. The thematic diversity—and profundity—makes this one of Sawyer's strongest works to date. Numerous dangling plot threads are an unnecessary pointer to the forthcoming books; readers will keep coming back for the ideas. (Apr.)
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ISBN-10: 0441016790
ISBN-13: 978-0441016792
Author: Robert J. Sawyer
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Ace Hardcover
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