But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes.
While exploring this amazing realm, she discovers something - some other - lurking in the background. And it's getting more and more intelligent with each passing day.
BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and read by author Robert J. Sawyer.
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"The thematic diversity - and profundity - makes this one of Sawyer's strongest works to date." (Publishers Weekly)
"Unforgettable. Impossible to put down." (Jack McDevitt)
"Thoughtful and engaging, and a great beginning to a fascinating trilogy." (Robert Charles Wilson)
Have a different author rewrite the story.
Nothing That I can think of.
It's very difficult to appreciate the readers when the material is so lousy.
The worst book that I have encountered in many years.
Say something about yourself!
No--might read hard copy--parts of it--but not the audio--the voice of the young blind woman was so grating that I almost gave up on the book several times. I work in the field of disabilities so the many themes surrounding the blind interested me--and had the author focused on this, rather than others such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, the social construction of disability, the implications of alternate life forms and the importance of believing in God, I might have been more satisfied.
A bit like Oliver Sacks' books, although Sawyer's tendency toward the peripatetic separates the two
sometimes--read earlier comment about one (important) female voice--grating!
perhaps the way that he described the girl's reaction to sight--although I had to wonder at times whether her brain could possibly respond this quickly given her congenital blindness.
This book was picked on a whim and turned out being a great random listen! If you are into anything sci-fi and have a interest in technology, definitely give this title a try. With the way technology is evolving these days, this story brings up an possible premise in the near future. This book has gotten me to decide to read the rest of the trilogy!
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 enjoyed it more than I had imagined, finishing it in two days. Now I have to download the two subsequent books and finish the story. Very good techie sci-fi for all fans of the genre.
Loved it! Kept listening over and over and found something different every time. Can't wait for the tv series....there is going to be one right?
A blind girl gets an implant that gives her sight. A side effect connects her to a budding consciousness in the interspices of the WWW, created when China shut down web access to its citizens. The girl, an American living in Canada with her parents (autistic and brilliant dad and former professer mom), with the help of her parents, her Japenese doctor, and others, assist the burgeoning consciousness and prevent it being wiped out by the US intelligence agencies.
Based on a recommendation by a friend, and a great premise, I wanted to like this book. Regretfully, I found it poorly written, more appropriate for a teenage audience than adult fiction, and hard to get through.
I am halfway thru the first half...perhaps a quarter of the way through the book...and I don't know if I will finish it. And I virtually always finish a book once started.
If you are after serious hard edge sci-fi, may I suggest you download Verner Vinge instead.
Sorry to be negative, don't want to be critical without good reason. Most of my reviews...typically of science, philosophy, and investment books...are hugely positive. But this book did not work for me.
Avid audiobook addict!
The writing in this book lacks any sort of complexity, any subtlety, and any irony or other literary devices. As a straight-ahead story, though, it's fine. A lot of references are extremely detailed & current (even now slightly dated as it was written a year ago), so you can tell the author knows this isn't going to be a great work of literature read by future generations. Entertaining but not really thought provoking.
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