This was a total suprise. I can't find the words to praise this masterpiece! It was a long time since I found a recently written book so exciting. Not only the topic focusing on blindness is fresh, the story is exciting, full of fresh innovative ideas. Of course the singularity idea is not new per se but it doesn't hinder the story at all, it enriches the thema. I couldn't wait for every next chapter. Jessica Almasy's narration is excellent, you can't wish for any better. It perfectly fits to the character. Her voice is also very easily comprehensible and pleasure to listen to. I can't recommend this book high enough to anybody who would like to see one of the possible outcomes of the inevitable singularity phenomenon.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
I am not sure this series has enough plot to support 3 books. Not much happened in this middle book, and I was disappointed in the lack of story line. I will listen to the third book after reading the reviews first to see if it has some substance. The premise is good but too much 'teenage girl stuff' took away from the plot. I am guessing it should have been a 2 book story, but that isn't Sawyer's style, is it?
I was not expecting much, but this turned out to be a pretty good book. It was interesting and new. But the rest of the series goes down hill in my opinion.
I completely enjoyed "WWW: Wake" and was really looking forward to this book. However, the author almost ruined the story by wandering off on pro gay and anti God tirades in the book. I am in no way against an author putting what they want into a story to make a point as long as it has something to do with the story, which these tirades didn't. It was very obvious that they were put in for the authors own agenda. In fact he seemed to go out of his way to insult and belittle people who have a belief in God. The reason I really liked the first book was to see the growth of Caitlin and Webmind, as they discovered the world around them. So I was looking forward to seeing them in this book overcome the close-minded and bigoted attitudes of a society afraid of them, not to being bombarded by those same attitudes from the author. As to gay lifestyles and belief in God I leave that up to the individual, and find it very disappointing that the author chose to use this wonderful and potentially great story to promote his own agenda. But like I said He almost ruined the story. The story survived,barely. I got through this one despite it's short comings and have started the third book, hoping the author used more self control than in this book, because I really do want to know what happens to Caitlin and Webmind.
Moving on to book 3 crossing my fingers
Make sure you read all the reviews before purchasing. Not sure how they are sorted but truest reviews are at the end of the list. Don’t make my mistake of reading only first or second page of reviews. This had to be the worst 12 hours of Pollyanna Pablum I have ever had to sit through. In the Prologue the author said he thought this was his best book in the series. That’s enough to ensure that this is the last book of Robert J. Sawyer I ever listen to.
Great premise about an artificial intelligence that arises on the Internet. Unfortunately, the author tries way to hard to push personal agendas. The novel is very talky with a lot of tiresome soapboxing from an evolutionistic perspective.
This is a great book very interesting. If you like sci fi and stuff about artificial intelligence you will like this. It reminds me of Crichton so if you like his stuff you will like this.
I just finished listening to it. Now I'm running out to buy the book. It's a keeper. It's a classic (never mind it's newly printed). It's Sawyer brilliance.