- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Viking (April 3 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143056328
- ISBN-13: 978-0143056324
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.9 x 19 cm
- Shipping Weight: 222 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Wonder: Book Three In The WWW Trilogy Paperback – Apr 3 2012
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“[Sawyer] manages to not only make each book work individually, but with Wonder, has adroitly drawn together seemingly disparate threads … Once again, Sawyer shows mastery in his ability to move between complex scientific concepts and genuine and realistic characters … Wonder is written so that readers do not have to read the previous books to be able to follow the story which is fast-paced and immediately engaging. Events from the previous book are smoothly introduced as needed, without detracting from the flow of the story. That said, there are nuances, themes and subtleties that flow beautifully when the trilogy is read as a whole.” - The Globe and Mail
“Wonder is not only a superb conclusion to a tremendous trilogy, but stands alone as one of the best books that Sawyer has ever written.” - Winnipeg Free Press
“Science-fiction juggernaut Sawyer is one of the most successful Canadian authors of the past few decades. He’s also a meticulous realist [whose] novels function as extended philosophical thought experiments. The real tension isn’t about Webmind’s advent and evolution; it’s about how humans will (or should) react to it. As Wonder’s plot twists and weaves, you’re drawn relentlessly toward the finish, eager to find out whether Webmind will turn out to be a blessing or a curse.” - Alex Hutchinson, The Walrus
“How does Wonder stack up against the first two installments of the trilogy? Perfectly. It brings home the story with warmth, intelligence, and precision. While there’s plenty of room to revisit the characters at a later date, it’s easy to close this book and know you’ve gotten the full story. Fans won’t be disappointed by the way things turn out, especially with some of the unexpected swerves Sawyer throws in for good measure. Sawyer’s presented a world I’d love to live in, and I can’t wait to see what he’ll do next.” - SF Site
“This is Robert J. Sawyer at his very best.” - Analog
About the Author
Robert J. Sawyer was born in Ottawa and lives in Mississauga with his wife, poet Carolyn Clink. He has won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel. The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his novel of the same name.
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The future painted by Sawyer is not only believable, but likely.
I love this trilogy.
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With such examples as Hal and Skynet to prejudice us, it’s hardly surprising that Webmind was not received with open arms. Some want to kill it immediately. Others want to try to isolate it somewhere. But Webmind has its own priorities and shows itself to be a worthy opponent and a magnanimous winner. I don’t want to spoil it with specifics, but eventually Webmind proves itself to be a useful addition to humanity.
Meanwhile Caitlin, the blind teenage girl who discovered and nurtured Webmind, manages to ride out her celebrity status and move further into adulthood. There’s nothing particularly Sci-Fi about that part of the story, but it was sweet and kept Webmind’s increasingly high-stakes propositions tied to the realm of mere mortals.
All in all, it was a nice conclusion to the trilogy.
Robert J Sawyer has soared to the top of my favorite author list, and this trilogy is now my number one favorite story. I particularly like how thoroughly he has researched the sciences, technologies and cultural aspects he writes about. Yet, his writing style makes it easy for the average reader to understand the topics being discussed. A few points in the story felt a little cheesy or Hollywood-like, but overall it was very realistic. I like how, for much of the story, we don't know if some of the characters are antagonists or protagonists. This adds to the realism. Real life doesn't typically offer clear cut heroes or villains like we see in other works of fiction.
It is refreshing to see an optimistic view of the future. The concept of a Super-Artificial-Intelligence is a difficult one to write about. Writing an entire thread of the story from the Super-AI's perspective must have been daunting. This is true of the other "foreign" perspectives he wrote about as well: a blind person, a math genius and a teenage girl. Personally, I love math as a passion, I have spent a great deal of time pondering Super-AI's, and I have personally worked with blind people, helping them with their computers over the last 15 years. On those subjects at least I can attest to his accurate portrayals. As for teenage girls, I can't say from personal experience, but it seemed genuine enough that Caitlin Decter and friends felt real to me.
As an optimist and a futurist myself, this story described a future I have long dreamed about. In fact, for a couple months before I had heard this trilogy, I was actually preparing to write this story. I had laid out all the major concepts I wanted to cover, and was starting to do an outline. Then I found out about this story, from an author I already admired. The characters and the progression of the novel I intended to write were completely different than my story. But, it was amazing to see how, as I read, Mr Sawyer had covered each major point of consideration I had laid out (and a number of important points I had missed). In nearly every case, he had more elegant solutions than I had decided on. He used even more viewpoints which I have knowledge of from my own life and my friends' lives than I had planned on using in my own book. No wonder why I love this story so much!
Now I wonder if my story would appear to be a hack of his... Maybe, I should write the remaining ideas of my story which he did not cover as a fan-fiction of his story. In any case, this is a story that desperately needed to be written, and I tip my hat to Robert J Sawyer for spending 6 years of his life doing it.
I could go on and on about the details of the books, but the other reviews do a fine job at discussing plot points. No need adding to what has been said.