A Hadron collider experiment causes the collective consciousness of humanity to get a glimpse of the future 21 years hence for about 2 minutes. The book is filled with the consequences, as well as interesting asides, scientific explanations, a little romance and a fair amount of action. It was an easy read and an enjoyable one. It was more thoughtful and reflective than one might expect with such a plot, and Sawyer is a romantic at heart, which slows down the ending. The narrator was good, almost invisible to the telling, so you could just concentrate on Sawyer's words.
I was not expecting it to be like the TV show based on the reviews. However, I thought that listening to this and having followed the cancelled TV show, I would figure out where it was all going. However, the story was different and only used some of the people.
In the long-run, this is a good story, but could have been more for the ending. The TV show was much more dramatized and had more intrigue.
Still worth a listen if you are interested in this genre.
Possibly, it's a fun book. I like the setting and subject matter.
There are many discussions and speculations about the nature of time, and whether you can affect the future. Brilliant scientific minds explain some interesting models for understanding time.
It's frustrating then that the same brilliant mind is blindingly daft and slow to see the holes in his logic. It feels like the author wants to go as slow as the least attentive reader, even when the character should be smarter than that.
Having only seen the pilot of the TV series, I can't comment on how good it is, but reducing this scientific romp through CERN into a LA cop show can't possibly do the subject matter justice, can it?
A better storyline. I got the feeling that this idea could have been wonderfully developed, but it was not the case with this book.
No. I am always going to love fiction books, but this one was a particularly disappointing experience.
Good... Book didn't help
I have watched the TV series before reading the book. The series was canceled and I was thinking that the book was going to help at least lessening the pain because I think the series was very good, but the book was a complete disappointment.
I'm a guy. I like books about war and sci-fi. I listen to 2 or 3 books a week.
This is a great Scify book, nothing like the short lived series on television! Easy to follow and great ending. I would listen to it again!
Tiem is always full of guessing and this book takes u through lots of theories and makes you think about life and living it with a complete free will. Really liked it sometimes u have to do a double take on something because of all the information you receive. But besides that it is a fun read.
The author clearly has a good grasp of science, and has an interesting premise. And some of the characters, as sketched, are interesting.
However, some of the characterizations are very thin, and even the actions/motivations of main characters are not fully believable, which detracts a good bit from the story. In addition, Lloyd's final vision and its realization were completely over-the-top. The book would have been better if it had ended earlier and not included that addendum.
Still, the "Flashforward" premise is interesting. I would love to see it picked up an elaborated upon by authors more adept at handling characterization - there's a lot there to work with. (And I understand there's a tv show that did that, but I would prefer a story collection.)
This book was entertaining and attention grabbing: Intellectually stimulating, yet not overwhelming in its content. The characters were interesting and believable. The narration was clear and captivating. I would recommend this book to most readers with a Science Fiction bent to their interest!:0)
This is a compelling story. I will probably listen to this book again.I highly recommend this book if you like SF.
For anyone who sees a program on TV and thinks that any book is going to be the same, I guess they haven't read the books first and watched with disappointment as they watch the storyline and great points demolished on film. This is an enjoyable book, and the TV program, which I also watched, was far inferior in my opinion.
I've read a number of Sawyer's books and am always impressed with the scientific knowledge he brings to a story, and the approach, which is generally not about violence and shoot-em-up like many other sci-fi novels. I guess I attribute it to the author being Canadian. And it's refreshing. I also enjoyed some of the subtle digs on American culture. Spot on in my opinion.
This book, like his others has great character development, intriguing problems, and most of the characters are interested in getting to the bottom of the story with their intelligence, not with guns.
The TV show had a lot of chases, gunfights, romance, and romantic triangles. The book had science, relationships, and some tricky problems that needed solving. Of course he threw in a great chase in the end as well. Something for everyone.
Just my kind of book.
The narration was done well also.