Webmind is an emerging consciousness that has befriended Caitlin Decter and grown eager to learn about her world. But Webmind has also come to the attention of WATCH - the secret government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the United States - and they're fully aware of Caitlin's involvement in its awakening. WATCH is convinced that Webmind represents a risk to national security and wants it purged from cyberspace. But Caitlin believes in Webmind's capacity for compassion - and she will do anything and everything necessary to protect her friend.
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"Original and intriguing. Sawyer makes complex sci-fi understandable and thoroughly entertaining." (Romantic Times BOOKReviews)
"Watch is a helluva fun read and an excellent science fiction book." (SF Signal)
"Cast members complement one another and are effective in differentiating the various characters and story threads. They drive forward the momentum of the plot and flesh out the novel’s distinct personalities." (AudioFile)
The author says be believes this second book in the trilogy is the best of the three. I just downloaded the third book so we will see. I will say that Watch was better than Wake because there was more intrigue involved when governments start hunting for the source of internet autonomous intelligence. It is a well used theme in ScFi for governments to see everything they don't understand as a threat, the fun part is that in this case its a benevolent intelligence and that surely would raise the suspicions of any government don't you think? There is no doubt in my mind that these books are well worth the reading, they are light but just thought provoking enough to hold my interest and for me as a retired network engineer, not a bad basic primer on the fundamental workings of the internet. Fun, entertaining and a bit thought provoking - good SciFi to me.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Great idea and thought provoking. A bit utopian and overly simplistic in its implications.
I'm a country potter, gardener, flute player and tin tinker living with my husband, an electrical engineer & cabinet maker.
It's an interesting story idea and story line through the entire triology.
One just has to root root root for the genius girl who sees again and is brilliant and for the kind machine.
The ending just runs out of energy. The end is all sap and no spice.
If I were the author I would avoid slamming the United States at every chance. He seemed intent on giving his political views and they were not pertinent to the story. I disagree with many of his opinions and therefore by the end of the book, I was turned off, and even though I enjoyed the story line, his little innuendos made me decide to find another author that could take me away in a wonderful story but not make drag me back into political drama that plagues us each day.
This was the first book of this kind of story line, I will be looking to find more along this story line,
There is a follow up, however I am apprehensive to proceed with it
I love Audible books and will continue to explore
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 am not sure this series has enough plot to support 3 books. Not much happened in this middle book, and I was disappointed in the lack of story line. I will listen to the third book after reading the reviews first to see if it has some substance. The premise is good but too much 'teenage girl stuff' took away from the plot. I am guessing it should have been a 2 book story, but that isn't Sawyer's style, is it?
I was not expecting much, but this turned out to be a pretty good book. It was interesting and new. But the rest of the series goes down hill in my opinion.
I completely enjoyed "WWW: Wake" and was really looking forward to this book. However, the author almost ruined the story by wandering off on pro gay and anti God tirades in the book. I am in no way against an author putting what they want into a story to make a point as long as it has something to do with the story, which these tirades didn't. It was very obvious that they were put in for the authors own agenda. In fact he seemed to go out of his way to insult and belittle people who have a belief in God. The reason I really liked the first book was to see the growth of Caitlin and Webmind, as they discovered the world around them. So I was looking forward to seeing them in this book overcome the close-minded and bigoted attitudes of a society afraid of them, not to being bombarded by those same attitudes from the author. As to gay lifestyles and belief in God I leave that up to the individual, and find it very disappointing that the author chose to use this wonderful and potentially great story to promote his own agenda. But like I said He almost ruined the story. The story survived,barely. I got through this one despite it's short comings and have started the third book, hoping the author used more self control than in this book, because I really do want to know what happens to Caitlin and Webmind.
Moving on to book 3 crossing my fingers
Make sure you read all the reviews before purchasing. Not sure how they are sorted but truest reviews are at the end of the list. Don’t make my mistake of reading only first or second page of reviews. This had to be the worst 12 hours of Pollyanna Pablum I have ever had to sit through. In the Prologue the author said he thought this was his best book in the series. That’s enough to ensure that this is the last book of Robert J. Sawyer I ever listen to.
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