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)
Kudos to Audible Frontiers for taking on more popular science fiction that might have been neglected in the past by traditional audio book publishers. For me, this was my first exposure to the writing of Robert J Sawyer, who is actually a very prolific sci-fi futurist and novelist. Although the events of the story happen in the not-too-distant future, the characters and setting is very contemporary. The ability to capture the essence of scientists and young adults in this decade give the characters immediate authenticity which makes them instantly relate able.
I purchased this title as part of a sale promotion based upon its description and didn't realize that it was the first book of a trilogy. You should be forewarned, then, that the conclusion of this book is soft, at best, and the next book in the series "Watch", starts literally seconds after then "ending" of this book. This is not a criticism of the book itself, just a note that you should plan to be in it through the long haul if there is to be any catharsis after turning the final page.
The plot of the story revolves around the essence of sight vs. insight and consciousness vs. intelligence, and the fragility of the boundaries between them. In the story, blindness is a metaphor for many things. The old adage "I was blind but now I see" seems applicable to every character, whether they are literally blind, or figuratively blind due to bias, culture, disability, or, in fact, even species.
Audible is especially to be commended for their ensemble reading approach. While any of the performers could pull off reading this book convincingly on their own, the variance in voice and perspective clarifies and enhances the presentation. (Although I'm still having a hard time shaking Marc Vietor as a major character in this book to his similarly engaging performance as Tengo Kowada in 1Q84).
Now that I have awoken, I'm eager to watch how everything unfolds, and wonder how things will be in the future.
Enjoy the adventure
Reminded me of the books we had to read in High School. “THE CLASSICS”. Somewhere my old English Literature teacher is squealing “The will read, most will hate, but all will write a 5 page, single spaced paper”. Followed by an evil teacher laugh.
I will not sleep tonight.
Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.
This book was fresh and different. I do not read science fiction and if I were asked to describe the genre, I'd probably think of something involving space travel but that has all changed now. This is definitely the kind of science fiction I'd like to read more of - fiction about science with great characters written for the non-science fiction reader. Good stuff!
I enjoyed Wake thoroughly. Having reached the end of this book though, I can only hope the many unresolved, disjointed and seemingly unconnected plot lines will be handled deftly and neatly in the future two books of the series.
The readers are first rate and greatly helped to manage and control the disparate story lines happening in Wake. I look forward to completing the series and the arcs of the characters.
To listen to a great book while I knit is heaven on earth.
I enjoyed this book. It is obvious that this is book one, as the entire book is setting up the premise for the rest of the series. The author presents his premise with credulity. In fact all of his assertions may be real as I have no idea whether what he postulates is real or not . He makes such a good case that he has my vote. Our heroine is a young blind girl, she has been blind from birth. This fact is important to the story as she has no preconceived notions as to what life looks like so she can see anything. The surrounding characters are also treated as three dimensional people which adds to the story. The readers do a good job with the voices and this is a very easy book to listen to.
I have now listened to the entire WWW series. It is a very thought provoking story. I have long enjoyed Sawyer's yarns because they challenge my preconceptions. The only knock I have against the story is the blatant audible.com product placements throughout the story. Seemed a little tacky, but an author has to get paid.
What a waste. The writing was so literal, I thought perhaps the target audience was grade school. The narration was incredibly irritating with the teenage heroine sounding as if she'd been inhaling helium. Inflections and pauses made it sound as if a child were reading it. The Chinese narrator was so slow as to be soporific. Nearly fell asleep at the wheel. I can't finish this. My most disappointing purchase on Audible.
I have an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a Master's Degree in Professional Writing from Maharishi University of Management, am author of THE RELUCTANT VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK, and am an avid reader/listener.
When I first began listening, I was concerned that a book written from the viewpoint of an almost-sixteen year old girl would be boring, but long before the ending I was fascinated not just with her intelligence and perceptiveness, but her humanness as well. How easily she might have been too "over the top" to be believable, yet each word, each sentence, each action all seemed to be totally under the writer's control while keeping the story natural enough to be believable and full of suspense and surprises. I loved the way the author wove intricacies and connections from multiple sources that dovetailed into a wholeness and a more mature understanding of consciousness. I think it would require an educated reader to appreciate it, but the story was so well told that I think even casual readers might enjoy it. The narrators did excellent jobs of reading, as well.
Well I'm pretty much an all-round listener, although I've recently been very keen on Science Fiction (preferably the Dystopian once).
All of the www series is definitely worth a try! Set in a fairly near future, the story is based on a blind girl's gain of sight and her contact with a strange consciousness. Really intriguing plot, very well written (interesting shifting narratives), and it's comforting to read a science fiction work with a positive, almost idealistic attitude towards future world conditions! Furthermore, based on my own experiences of being blind, I must say that the author did a pretty good job at researching on both practical and emotional aspect of blindness.
Enjoyed the book, which got me thinking but sometimes I would zone out with philosophical musings. I will probably read the next two books sometime, as the book ended with wanting to know what happened to other characters in the book and how everything will be related. I liked having the different readers.
Steve, if you are reading this, you wouldn't think there was much product placement if you compared it to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. NOW that was REALLY ANNOYING!
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