Thursday, 3 May 2012

Wonder - Robert J. Sawyer


A superb near-future SF trilogy of an awakened Internet.

The Internet has become sentient. The world's governments are terrified, it seems the evolution of a new intelligence might have left mankind behind. It is up to one blind girl, a maths genius, to convince mankind that this new digital life is not its enemy.
Perfect for fans of Charles Stross and Vernor Vinge this is a rich imagining of a future that may be just around the corner.

Series: WWW #3, Genre: Sci-fi even if there is not much sci-fi there, and it feels very YA too, Pages: 352, Published: 2012 (2011) by Gollancz, Source: For review

My thoughts:
The good thing about this book is that I could just start reading without having read the previous books (this I of course did not know when I started.) Sure things are mentioned that happened before, yes I would like to read about these things as the book was interesting. But as it is now, it worked and I never felt a bit lost at all.

Did I understand all of the science talk? No, not really, but this did not matter either cos he made it real easy for you. I also linked how he sprinkled a bit of pop culture here and there, like Big Bang and the Skynet clause (look it up). There was also a certain presidential candidate that I saw clearly who he based it on. He made it very now and it felt like it could happen any day.

But to the story then. It's about a blind girl who can see again thanks to modern science. Caitlin is living her life, having a boyfriend and communication with the presence known as Webmind. This is the thing then. The Internet was awakened, an AI was formed and now the news about this is everywhere. The US government is scared and wants to shut it down, the Chinese wants to shut down the outside internet in general. All while webmind tries to tell everyone that he so to say come in peace. He cures cancer, because he can. But like all things that are just too big to understand he is feared and this book is all about trying to kill him, while others tries to understand him. And Caitlin tries to save him.

Conclusion:
The book was interesting, it made you think a bit and of course I understood the fear some had. I would fear him, then again the things he could do...Of course I already feel that google has a mind of its own ;)


34 comments:

Mirjam said...

Lol I totally agree that Google has a mind of its own!

The Bookworm said...

This sounds a tad creepy. I agree Google has a mind of its own.

Cherry said...

From the book cover I thought that this book was horror, but after reading your post, I realized its science fiction :)

Anachronist said...

Google? Gah! Google is me! ;p

Linda said...

Sounds great. I'll have to look into the series.

Blodeuedd said...

YOU!?! OOh you are poor evil then

Blodeuedd said...

It sure is pretty evil..I mean awesome *whistles*

Blodeuedd said...

It's not creepy, webmind is a good guy :)

Blodeuedd said...

I can see why you thought that ;)

Blodeuedd said...

Maybe even I could force bf to read, lol

Jenny said...

You seem to be hopping into the middle of a series a lot lately! It's always nice when you can do that without being confused:):)

Mel said...

SOunds really interesting _ i would be very worried if the internte did become sentient!

Chris said...

What an intriguing idea! Have you read any of Kelly McCullough's books? You might enjoy the Webmage series. :)

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

This one might be for me. I have times where I really want to get into some sci-fi. Will have to check out this one.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oh these scifi reads are starting to really get interesting these days! Very nice review. :) Thank you!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

this sounds really interesting! i hadn't seen it before.

Blodeuedd said...

I know, it's very out of character for me. But I am so glad it works, cos even if a book is good it sucks when you get all confused

Blodeuedd said...

Oh yes, you can see why some fear him. I would certainly freak out

Blodeuedd said...

They do not ring a bell just now, I have to check goodreads

Blodeuedd said...

You can always start with book 1 ;) Or not, since we all know we kind of skip things, lol

Blodeuedd said...

I really should read more, cos in the end, way too few makes it into my reading pile

Blodeuedd said...

Neither had I, but I have seen a tv-sries based on another book of his

Yvonne said...

This sounds really good and I never heard of it before either. I like that you aren't lost if you haven't read the previous books.

Blodeuedd said...

Yvonne,
It was great being able to read it even though it was book 3 :)

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I don't think this is for me but interesting is always good. Interesting always sticks with me for awhile!

Blodeuedd said...

I think it would make a good show too

Carole Rae said...

:0 wooooow what an original book! I had re-read the summary twice to make sure I was reading it right. haha. But yes...anything that is different is always feared and the government wants it gone.

Blodeuedd said...

It's, well it certainly is complicated when trying to explain it but when reading, I picked it up in 2 seconds :)

Staci said...

Your last line cracked me up. I think Google has a mind too!!

Blodeuedd said...

Oh yes google is freaking me out

BookaholicCat said...

This book sounds interesting but I don't think I'll like it.

Anna said...

Google is becoming kinda scary these days. I'll have to tell my husband about this books; sounds like one he'd enjoy.

Blodeuedd said...

it might not be for everyone in the end

Blodeuedd said...

Good idea :)
Oh yes google knows everything

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