Would you kill? The last chapter of the WWW shows how far an AI must go to stay alive. The world has changed but some don't feel for the better. The final book does a nice job at tiring everything together and making every character have a true connection to the the bigger story.
The voice acting was superb and the discussions the characters have on the nature and evolution of consciousness are enlightening.
I'm a huge fan of Audible. I tend to listen to mostly science fiction, but I try to get to every genre. I listen mostly on my drive to work. I'm also on Goodreads.
I listened to all three books. The narration in this book was one of the best.
The ending was wonderful. This was a good stand alone, but a wonderful ending to the entire series.
Jessica Almasy as Caitlin (or Kaitlin, sorry not sure of spelling) did a fantastic job. I alway enjoy Marc Vietor, and I really enjoyed the reference to Webmind using this narrator as his voice.
I enjoyed the entire book, but the Epilogue was a nice closing.
Highly recommend the entire series to science fiction fans or anyone that enjoys a book about humanity.
Clinical treatment and research awareness. Sci-fi to Science to Maximim PC/parenting. How to best network HDMA? 70% SciFi-thrillers-30% science
This is one of the most memorable books/series I have ever read. I am always on the lookout for anything by Sawyer. His first book on this was my intro to him and I was awed.
A compelling argument for the origin-point and consequences of self-actualized A.I. -- Set in the ultra-near future-- Like, no kidding, next week "near future" --This story meshes golden-age style theorizing-- think Asimov-- with modern social consciousness-- think Doctorow-- and gets a very tailored and interesting result. A trifle slow to start in the first book, but once he gets going, Sawyer introduces more new ideas per-page than most contemporary sci-fi plot-lines. And he does it without fantastic or incredible elements-- outside of the perfect timing and collusion of real, albeit extremely rare, phenomena.
Now, I like explosions and ancient alien races a whole lot, just like most fans of this genre-- and this book doesn't go there. Instead of fantastic adventure outside of time and galaxy, we are plunged into the fantastic adventure that is our current lifestyle in advanced countries around the world. Sawyer could be offered a TED fellowship after this. I only have one critique about the story telling--it's just that---well, listening to teenage girls swooning over boys is a lot to ask, and not something I seek out. However, the sappy, love-struck, giddiness provides an emotional counterpoint that serves as a vehicle for several powerfully original suppositions about the consequences of social media. So...I guess it's a wash.
In short: A great story for idea junkies like me, not so great for hardcore fans of space-opera/ray-gun type science fiction. To the author: Thanks man! I wouldn't have learned about "confabulation" without you!
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 enjoyed this story more than the middle book, as there was more concentration on Webmind and less on Caitlin and her boyfriend. But why ever did Sawyer have her send the photo to her boyfriend? How was that relevant or necessary to the story?
The ending gave me much to think about and to discuss. Would I want a "friendly" internet entity choosing my country's form of government or deciding what code of morality I should live by? Most definitely, no, not even if it went along with my own set of beliefs. Sawyer took an interesting turn at the end, not what I would have expected, and yet, it was a worthwhile listen. I would recommend the series, if this topic interests you.
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
I enjoyed Wake and Watch and keenly anticipated Wonder to the point that I waited a month before I picked it up. Although I found the re-cap at the beginning a bit tiresome, this is a small criticism, because as soon as we returned to the broken Chinese hacker, I was back on track and the storyline was humming.
As far as storylines go, this was a brave one. It's bound to offend someone. For one thing, I can't see it being highly recommended in some countries, but I guess that is one of the author's points.
I enjoyed the Caitlin Dexter character more, although I think it's still hard for dinosaurs like me to really relate to her. Barb' was easier for me to get a handle on. I also thought the autism angle an interesting one, although not quite the match for the clinical definition, I'm told by someone who reads DSM4 for fun. Again, the Hobo character had a great ability to provoke a mental segue (for me at least) to "2001" and "Planet of the Apes".
As with the previous two instalments, I thought the vocal performances were very good. The Mark Vietor double take was particularly amusing. Jessica Almasy is outstanding.
Although I feel this was pitched at a younger audience (20's to 30's), it was still entertaining and had an Asimovic "Foundation" like optimism. It was well worth the waiting and rewarded the reader of all three books.
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.
Having a series on television has definitely had an effect on Sawyer's writing style. This book, though mildly entertaining and well-read by the narrators, was still a dumbed-down take on William Gibson's Neuromancer. At least he gave Gibson a few hat-tips in the book. It should probably be in the young adult category, not grown-up sci-fi.
With a strong feeling of relief I feel the author barely pulled this story out of it's death spiral that started in the 2nd book. Fortunately, though still present, he tuned down the gay rights, anti God rhetoric that he seemed he couldn't stop spouting in the 2nd book, and concentrated on the story. I almost barfed with the irritating 16 year old girl OMG lines. But his going back to the development of Webmind ended up saving the story, and so I'm satisfied. That being said, it's such a shame that he started out with such a good story in book 1 and in the end failed to carry that story all the way to the end. I really feel that this story could have become a classic in scifi. I feel he ultimately failed because of the PREACHY attitude he took promoting atheism, gay rights, and pro teenage sex to the detriment of the story. None of the wanderings into these topics had anything to do with the story or of the development of web mind. "Come on", if you're going to include these things, at least show how it helped in the development of your characters. He says he spent six years on this trilogy, I'm sorry to say Mr. Sawyer it was 6 years wasted. To finish off I'd like to say that the one good thing in this book is that it did end cleanly with no major questions unanswered and no wish for it to continue.