I liked it, but it was not at all like the TV series and won't answer any lingering questions. It does deal with a flash forward event, but describes it with plausible physics and science :)
My overall impression is that this book would have made a great short story. As it is, it lacks rithm, depth, and just enough subject matter to make it really entertaining.
the story is a little bit long-winded, sometimes redundant, and the characters aren't really all that likeable. But despite all this, I still listen to it straight through. It was entertaining.
very fun book. great story if you love time travel concepts. wish the tv on this would have lasted longer than one season. there's so much more you could tell from this story
Perhaps someone from Quebec or France, or a sophistic American.
This is my first (probably my last) Sawyer book so I can't compare it to his other works. However, I've read many SciFi books, and Flash Forward rates in the bottom 20%.
Perhaps. His pronunciation was good, but tone was frequently "whiney".
The concept was interesting.
The author should not forsake the story; "Keep the faith, but keep it to yourself". Also, I never "cared" whether the Fast Forward characters lived or died although it seems that is what Mr. Sawyer was trying create. If the story had lacked a provocative idea I would have asked Audible to credit my purchase.
This was a tragic waste of a fine concept. Maybe I was tried too soon to follow up with anything after reading the brilliant Blindsight, but Flash Forward is a complete failure in execution. After such a promising start I quickly was bored to death with every single character and every story line which, by the way, had very little to do with finding out what the heck IS the Flashforward and who did it.
That's a good question. I'll probably listen to the Clarkesworld and LightSpeed podcasts to get replenished with excellent Sci-Fi.
I'm sure he's doing the best he can with what he was given.
All of it.
I loved the TV series and was annoyed when the show was canceled- leaving the story at a dramatic cliff hanger. The book takes the story from a different vantage point but it's still a great story!
I tried to like the story, I really did. But Lloyd's insistence that the visions were of an immutable future (and this was brought up again and again, ad nausium) kept pulling me out. I mean, anyone at that level ought to have some familiarity with feedback loops and control systems. I'm glad the author didn't make the timeline fixed in the story, but I just couldn't buy into Lloyd's character. Sure, the timeline absolutely would be fixed if it were a closed system, but given the feedback from the visions divergences would have started happening immediately.
In addition to that, there were several extremely over-dramatic scenes that just had me rolling my eyes and looking forward to moving on. It's not bad, but not good enough that I would recommend it to anyone.
Though there are some interesting scientific concepts, overall this book is terribly written. It is shocking to me this author has won awards.
The writing style is clumsy, repetitive, and awkward. The characters are entirely unlikeable and unbelievable.
I feel I should note this book is nothing like the tv series...so don't be like me and buy it because you think you can find out the ending.
Sarah on goodreads wrote the most apt review of this book I can imagine, I suggest reading that as it is infinitely more worth your time than this book.
Also re: narration, the accents really pushed this book over the top (and not In a good way) for me. It makes it even harder to relate to the characters.
I rarely quit a book before the end but I just couldn't persevere on this one.