I liked the series very much.
If you liked the other 2 novels, you wont be disappointed.
Web-mind is cool !
This book was so politically biased and predictable I could not help but think it should be marketed to the tween audience. I have no interest in reading the other two previous books by this author.
I felt like I was being lectured to. Even if I agree with the authors philosophy, I still felt it was in my face. I don't like being preached to! I think almost 1/2 of the last book is preaching, including one 25 min. lecture. That was torture. If it wasn't the second to last chapter, I would have stopped listening then.
The story was good, but I think he forgot to finish hobo's part. The humans never even realized that he had web sight too, and was painting it. I waited for that the whole trilogy.
non, I think I would have liked to see some of the characters developed more.
The readers were fantastic, one of the best I have heard yet.
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.
If only an entity such as Web Mind really existed.
I've followed the story of Web Mind through three books, and have thoroughly enjoyed the journey.
Sawyer is a great story teller, but the performance of the narrators of the audio books have enhanced the story exponentially. Bravo to one and all!
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.
Computational cognition, ethics, transhumanism, etc.
Web mind. If you really want, you don't actually have to read the first two books… But I still recommend them.
Now that Webmind is public knowledge and communicating with others besides Caitlin, it feels like she was an unnecessary in this book. In fact, if she had been removed, it really wouldn't have effected the plot.
My second observation is that the author is clearly terrible at writing romance. There isn't much, but the small amount that's there detracts from the story. I think Sawyer needed a reason to introduce another character in book two, and giving Caitlin a boyfriend was the first thing he thought of.
Finally, the ending seems a lot more anti-climatic than the rest of the book implies. There are people in the book who envision a situation like in the Matrix when they think about Webmind. Without much fanfare though, they suddenly change their minds.
Despite the above complaints though, this was an enjoyable read. The ideas of sight, consciousness... and really just the whole science fiction aspect counterbalance the fact that Caitlin is your typical teenager with all the annoyances that come with that.
A brief word on the narrators: Marc Vietor is the voice of Webmind and Jessica Almasy is mainly the voice of Caitlin. Specifically about Veitor... well, there is no other way to say it... he is Webmind.
The final book of the Robert Sawyer's WWW series, "Wonder" attempts to answer the ultimate question: Can an entity who knows everything. Unlike the first two books, however, it appears that Sawyer was attempting to make "Wonder" more accessible to those who had not read the previous volumes. A good 1/3 of the book involves the characters recapping action that occurred in the previous two books. This repetition becomes tedious at times, and detracts from the narrative flow of the story. I think from the onset, this story was broken down to be a trilogy, however, the final act, edited appropriately could have been told in two volumes instead of 3.
Jessica Almasy & Mark Vietor continue with their excellent characterizations from the point of view of Caitlyn and "the entity". The production greatly suffers for the disappearance of Jennifer Van Dyke's narration of the Primate Researcher Shoshanna. The passages from her point of view are ready by Almasy in this production. While there is nothing technically wrong with Almasy's characterization, her intonation and emphasis differ greatly from what we might have heard had Van Dyke had continued with the role. With the three volumes being a "tight" package, this change is somewhat jarring.
You will have to make up your own mind, about how satisfied you are with the ending of the series. Perhaps it takes the well known exclamation "Information longs to be Free." to the extreme, and I still am not very settled with how "the entity" manipulates people as a means to the end he seeks. In "Wake", "the entity" is given his prime directive by Caitlyn and the bulk of the story revolves around how an independent observer with virtually unlimited power would achieve that end.
Completing my thoughts across the books, however, I was very entertained by Sawyer's writing style and enlightened by his knowledge of both pop culture and hard science, blending it together into an interesting brand of science fiction that is highly contemporary and teeters on the edge of the possible. This was the first of his works I've read and I'm eager to go back and check out his other writings, especially the original novel "Fast Forward" upon which the ill fated ABC series of the same name was based. It will be fun to see what was actually intended and left hanging by the aborted production.