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)
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.
Driving to and from work has never been so enjoyable. Traffic jams are welcome...!
The main story being very interesting I still found the two other side stories to be somewhat intriguing. Throughout I kept wondering "what's this got to do with that?" The stories will be linked eventually. But they never are. Very disappointing...
Listener of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Intrigue (not romance), Historical Fiction and very eclectic in her literary wanderings.
This book benefited from being an audio book. The lead characters had their own narrators which kept it lively and interesting. I loved the concept of the Web being alive and it made me think about just how much we live online now.
Overall a good novel, bit of an obvious cliff hanger.
...it might be worth your credit. I spent a lot of time thinking "this is an awesome idea" but the implementation is lacking. Specifically (and possibly spoiler-ish) I got the impression that if I were writing the same story, I wouldn't have represented the Internet in such a linear, geometric, symbolic way -- lines and boxes. Albeit I don't know what he's got planned for the next books, I think Sawyer could have added a whole other level of abstraction (engaging the creative imaginative parts of the mind, for example) to the way the protagonists interpreted things -- visually -- and it would have added something, otherwise ineffable, to the story.
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