Avid audiobook addict!
There's absolutely no subtlety at all in this book. The dialogue is a study in how people NEVER talk to one another. It could have been way shorter, but the author puts in all sorts of mundane and unimportant details (like what the characters are having for breakfast). The premise IS interesting though, and the narrators are good--using several different people to narrate is much better than having one person fake a bunch of gender/accents.
I only finished this because I had invested in the previous books in the series. The author seems to have an agenda to push when it comes to human sexuality (especially teenage sexuality). It really distracts from the story. Also the rest of the story plays out in a fairly shallow way (IMHO). Not a great read, but it has its moments.
first the praise: I enjoyed the series. An interesting imaginary tale. Good writing, good characters, different social political ideas.
This critical part does not change my mind about how I enjoyed the series but does warrant commenting
First, Robert Sawyer always says you can read his series books as a stand alone novel. This is not at all the case with this series, especially this 3rd book. I actually prefer to not have a full recap of the previous books in the series, so for me it was better to have it not be continuously recapped.
Second, the sociopolitical message that Robert Sawyer makes obvious in his books is an interesting take on life. I do not agree with him on many things but I am not insulted by ideas. Since I form my own ideas and opinions he is free to write books stating his world view and I can buy and read or not. It is entertaining but if you are easily offended then I would advise that you spend your credits elsewhere.
I was initially hesitant to read the WWW series based on the synopsis, which seemed like a bit of a departure for Sawyer. I've read everything else he has produced and am pleased to say that the series, and Wonder specifically, are very much in line with his other works, and in fact, are towards the top of the pile. The WWW series isn't as in depth technically, but it makes up for it with its sociological explorations, which are as startling and revelatory as ever.
Another hesitation I had was around the use of multiple Audible narrators, which can be jarring if done poorly. I'm pleased to say that it was handled flawlessly in the WWW series. Each scene uses a single narrator fir the most part, as the scenes are naturally told from a single narrator's perspective, so there were very few transitions between narrators in a given scene.
All in all, Wonder is a satisfying conclusion to a wonderful series.
After reading Watch it is hard to believe a book could even begin to compare, but this book brings it home.
Side note: I like that this book tackles controversial/hard to talk about subjects like Atheism, Unitarianism, Autism, Democracy, etc ... but if you don't you'll be a little put off. I however, loved the book even more for bringing these topics to the forefront. I did however, feel like it was used as filler and not a necessity for the book to thrive, but none-the-less, kudos for tackling the topics and weaving them into the story line.
Yes I would, because it is beatifully written and the ending is, if you have listened or read the previous books, enough to bring tears to your eyes.
The characters. They are, if not realistic, at least credible. I might not agree with all the points made and conclusions that were arived at, but they mad eme think and still do.
WebMind I think, but Catilin as well, heck all the characters.
Yes and no. I wanted to, but one scene actually made me want to stop listening.
As with the previous book there is certain scenes that might be thought of as disturbing, but in a good way if that makes sense.
A great read! (Listen) The trilogy, WWW Wake, Watch, and Wonder touched deeply held beliefs and thought provoking hopefulness. For sure, we can only hope. Can we find salvation through peace. Will we following a "moral arrow" regardless of the source. 😏
This is probably one of my favorite YA series now. Well written and researched. Loved the character development and the plot. The epilogue was lovely as well. I'm going to check out more of Sawyer's books now. :)
Views of AI in society.
The end of the book, I definitely didn't expect it. I won't spoil it though ;)
Will an emergent artificial intelligence convince humankind that is here for the good of humanity?
I view this book as slightly weaker than the other two due to the fact that it explores the inner workings of the characters the least. To say it another way, the characters came alive in the previous two books but acted as expected in this book with few if any surprises. However, it did wrap the series up quite nicely and would recommend this book to anyone who has read the other two.