- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Ace; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781937007164
- ISBN-13: 978-1937007164
- ASIN: 1937007162
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 56 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,579,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Triggers is constantly gripping on the surface and seriously provocative deep down.”—Wall Street Journal
“Enthralling. Despite the near-dystopian setting, Triggers is haunting in its optimism. It was a joy to read.” —San Francisco Book Review
“Triggers has the hard-core military/political insights of Robert A. Heinlein, and the compassion of Theodore Sturgeon.”—Jonathan Vos Post
“No one digs into a sci-fi thought experiment with quite the zest that Robert J. Sawyer does. Sawyer doesn’t stint the thriller framework, but the story’s real joy is the care he takes in exploring the details of the memory-sharing.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“First and foremost, Robert J. Sawyer is a rip-roaring good storyteller...There are few authors writing today that bring such a strong combination of literate storytelling and complex ideas to the page. Robert J. Sawyer is one of the best in the business right now, and Triggers is him at his finest.”—The Maine Edge (Bangor, Maine)
“Robert J. Sawyer pulls together elements of a gripping political thriller with cutting-edge psychological insights to create a story that works on many levels. Triggers has the pacing of an episode of 24 and the philosophical sensibilities of an Isaac Asimov novel, so any readers who were introduced to Sawyer through his television series FlashForward will find it particularly interesting.”—Black Gate
About the Author
Robert J. Sawyer has been called “the dean of Canadian science fiction” by The Ottawa Citizen.
He is one of only seven writers in history—and the only Canadian—to win all three of the world’s top awards for best science-fiction novel of the year: the Hugo (which he won in 2003 for Hominids), the Nebula (which he won in 1995 for The Terminal Experiment), and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (which he won in 2005 for Mindscan).
In total, Rob has authored over 18 science-fiction novels and won forty-one national and international awards for his fiction, including a record-setting ten Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards (“Auroras”) and the Toronto Public Library Celebrates Reading Award, one of Canada’s most significant literary honors. In 2008, he received his tenth Hugo Award nomination for his novel Rollback.
His novels have been translated into 14 languages. They are top-ten national mainstream bestsellers in Canada and have hit number one on the Locus bestsellers’ list.
Born in Ottawa in 1960, Rob grew up in Toronto and now lives in Mississauga (just west of Toronto), with poet Carolyn Clink, his wife of twenty-four years.
He was the first science-fiction writer to have a website, and that site now contains more than one million words of material.
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The nearly successful assassination of the president leads to the possibility that it's an inside job and the Secret Service is the main suspicious agency involved.
Sawyer paints another what-if: What if we knew what the other person was thinking? By the shake of a hand I can now see what you're thinking. Even with the mumbo jumbo of a crazy machine that makes this possible, the author makes us think -- what if we were in the other man's shoes?
Racism is carefully treaded over, as is political power and revenge. Not the best Sawyer novel I've read, but it does make one pause and think.
Triggers is a novel which one is tempted to knock over in a sitting, which is great, and it is also a thoughtful story which invites conjecture in a way that Sawyer has made his trademark. While some of his characters are a stereotypical and some plot elements seem a little rushed, this story is rewarding and challenging in its scope.
This phenom leads one newly minted mind reader to discover, by reading the president's brains, that the US is planning a strike to make a revenge for stepped up Muslim terror attacks on the US. The problem with this intriguing setup is that the planned on revenge is silly. It would never be done nor would it have the desired effect - just the opposite really.
Along the way we're treated to a left wing Canadian's (the author, apparently) view of the US where the reliable news sources are MSNBC, Huffington Post and Time magazine. All white people are either evil, unremarkable, wife beaters or raging racists. Meanwhile, black folks are all long suffering, patient deep thinkers. The president is a new Bush as viewed by the left. He's a Republican we're told over and over portrayed as a weak bumbler who's easily led by his evil advisor (Cheney / Rove combo) into a grotesque, revolting attack on Muslims.
C'mon authors. All black folks are not duplicates of Morgan Freeman and it's really really OK for them to be portrayed as humans rather than paragons. White people sometimes do things which are interesting but not evil as well. Some will even shake hands with black folks.
The wrap up, or how it all resolves, is well done and to this reader, unexpected but also rather thoughtless. While the author clearly thinks the wrap up is optimistic, I can't see it that way but can't go further w/o a spoiler which is unfair to the potential reader and the author. Like the title says, overall this is a rather silly, shallow book.
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