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WWW: Wonder Hardcover – April 5, 2011

4.2 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the WWW Trilogy Series

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“[Sawyer] manages to not only make each book work individually, but with Wonder, has adroitly drawn together seemingly disparate threads … Once again, Sawyer shows mastery in his ability to move between complex scientific concepts and genuine and realistic characters … Wonder is written so that readers do not have to read the previous books to be able to follow the story which is fast-paced and immediately engaging. Events from the previous book are smoothly introduced as needed, without detracting from the flow of the story. That said, there are nuances, themes and subtleties that flow beautifully when the trilogy is read as a whole.” - The Globe and Mail

“Wonder is not only a superb conclusion to a tremendous trilogy, but stands alone as one of the best books that Sawyer has ever written.” - Winnipeg Free Press

“Science-fiction juggernaut Sawyer is one of the most successful Canadian authors of the past few decades. He’s also a meticulous realist [whose] novels function as extended philosophical thought experiments. The real tension isn’t about Webmind’s advent and evolution; it’s about how humans will (or should) react to it. As Wonder’s plot twists and weaves, you’re drawn relentlessly toward the finish, eager to find out whether Webmind will turn out to be a blessing or a curse.” - Alex Hutchinson, The Walrus

“How does Wonder stack up against the first two installments of the trilogy? Perfectly. It brings home the story with warmth, intelligence, and precision. While there’s plenty of room to revisit the characters at a later date, it’s easy to close this book and know you’ve gotten the full story. Fans won’t be disappointed by the way things turn out, especially with some of the unexpected swerves Sawyer throws in for good measure. Sawyer’s presented a world I’d love to live in, and I can’t wait to see what he’ll do next.” - SF Site

“This is Robert J. Sawyer at his very best.” - Analog --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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Product Details

  • Series: Www
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; 1st edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441019765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441019762
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This was the third and final book in the WWW trilogy by Robert Sawyer. It was a fitting end to the series, but not as good as the previous two books. Some of the characters act very against their character and some things are put in the book just to make a statement on something (without adding to the story much). I listened to this on audio book and I highly recommend it. This is one of those series that is so well done on audio book that I think it is vastly better than reading the book on paper. You definitely need to read the previous two book to understand what happens in this book.

The virtual entity Webmind has been discovered by the US government and they have tried, and failed, to shut Webmind down. With Webmind's existence out in the open the big question is, what next? Caitlin and her family are naturally drawn into the media frenzy surrounding Webmind. The real question facing humanity is basically this: Is Webmind really benevolent or should measures be taken to shut it down while humanity still can? Humanity has some big decisions to make. Will Webmind survive or become just a blip in humanity's history?

There are a lot of good things about this book. Many of the seemingly random things that happen in the previous books all come together and, as a reader, we can see that this book was meticulously planned out. So kudos to Sawyer for thinking things out so well. As with previous books there are a lot of political and social issues discussed. Most of them focus on the questions of a spontaneous entity like Webmind and what his presence means for humanity. Of course other issues weave through this main issue: there is discussion on Atheism, Communism, etc.
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What is it with trilogies? They seem to have become de rigueur for contemporary authors, yet in my youth I cannot recall ever hearing of such a critter, much less reading one, but they seem to walk amongst us now and in growing numbers. As with numerous other such trilogies, Sawyer's WWW: WAKE, WATCH and WONDER must all be read in the proper order for his story to be fully comprehended and to discover the outcomes of the various threads. To my mind, each book is characterized by more or less identical strengths and weaknesses, and separate reviews would be largely repetitious; thus, one may suffice for all three books.

Let's hit the strong point first: Sawyer has come up with an excellent idea for a story line. Having an evolving artificial intelligence spring into being on the World Wide Web is a fine science fiction theme and is contemporary to boot. Well, that's that, I'm afraid. Now we have to proceed to the difficulties in these books.

The first book, WAKE, struck me immediately as a young reader's volume, primarily because of the author's unimaginative prose. The language is simple, the vocabulary basic, and the syntax straightforward almost to the point of ennui. If, by some happenstance, a word that might not be in a teenager's vocabulary does crop up, the author provides an instant definition, usually as an appositive in the same sentence. For instance, there is a sentence that mentions the loon, and the reader is immediately told that this is a water bird. I'm not at all sure whether young readers are being helped or are having their intelligence insulted.
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The first 2 books in this series were "good" but this one is excellent. There is a lot of ground to cover and Sawyer wastes no time in jumping right in. The first book was about the birth or emergence of WebMind - the AI that grew from the internet. The second was about WedMind making itself know to our main characters and then the world at large.

This third book is about WebMind's growth and survival. One great scene is near the start in which WebMind reaches out to the U.S. President (clearly Obama) via his private blackberry and asks for a voice conference to discuss their attempts to eradicate the rogue AI. Talk about earth shattering! This book is full of real-life situations like that. Sawyer loves to explore not just the technological ramifications of his books but also the social implications. There are many people in this book that begin to assign religious connotations to WebMind's "all knowing" intelligence. What a thought!

I am a little surprised at the negative reviews - Sawyer's books never include action scenes, car crashes, secret agents jumping out of windows of exploding buildings, etc. His books are mostly "true life" explorations of near future topics such as time travel, life extension, life after death, the emergence of an AI. I, for one, really enjoy that. No blood & guts here, just some very well thought out speculative fiction.

What I really like about Sawyer's books is how "accessible" they are. He researches his topics with care, and writes them to be engaging and also very understandable. He also plans his books very well - and I really appreciate that. He stated years ago he was writing a 3 book series on the emergence of an IA within the internet and here he is, fulfilling that promise.
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