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WWW: Wake

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A Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author joins Ace with a stunning new science fiction epic.

Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math, and blind. When she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality she perceives the landscape of the World Wide Web-where she makes contact with a mysterious consciousness existing only in cyberspace.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 23, 2009 – The wildly thought-provoking first installment of Sawyer's WWW trilogy, serialized in Analog in 2008 and 2009, explores the origins and emergence of consciousness. Blind teen Caitlin Decter gets an experimental signal-processing implant that inexplicably opens up her vision to the wondrous infrastructure of the World Wide Web. Inside the Web is a newborn “webmind,” a globe-spanning self-contained consciousness that is just becoming aware of the outside world. Secondary plot threads about a highly intelligent hybrid primate and Chinese bloggers battling a repressive government extend the motif of expanding awareness. The thematic diversity—and profundity—makes this one of Sawyer's strongest works to date. Numerous dangling plot threads are an unnecessary pointer to the forthcoming books; readers will keep coming back for the ideas.

Customer Reviews

Don't miss this first book in an incredible trilogy!

Robert Sawyer's WWW: Wake gets off to a slow start, but once it picks up you won't be able to put it down! Having now read the second installation in the trilogy, as well, I can promise you an incredible ride. This series is certain to be among the best sci-fi of the decade.

(The following is not a spoiler if you've read the jacket summary.) The slow progression of the early part of the book was probably perceived as such only in the context of knowing what was going to follow later in the story: that something spectacular is emerging in the World Wide Web. I couldn't wait to get to that part of the book, and, thus, everything that lead up to it (albeit necessary) seemed to be just getting in the way of the good stuff that was coming. That carrot turned out to be more than enough to justify ignoring much of the work I was avoiding, as well as the four-star rating I gave it. Admittedly, the writing at times seems to be intended for adolescent/young adult readers, at or slightly above a high school reading level. On the other hand, it sometimes becomes slightly technical in the exploration of (surprise) technologies; all the terms are explored in conversation, however, which makes them easily digestible.

WWW: Wake turned out to be a story I will never forget and the beginning to a brilliant trilogy. I would highly recommend it to anyone with a bent for sci-fi, especially based currently in history with emerging technologies and ever-increasing questions.

Don't waste your time

If Robert Shaw has won all of these putative awards for writing science fiction, I fear for the health of the genre. I have read one and a half of his books - illegal alien (which was passable) and the first half of WWW:Wake. Fiction, regardless of the genre, should be rendered on a deep vellum of character and plot development. Reading Mr. Shaw's material makes one feel as if the story is presented on rice paper. His work presents an artificial lack of imagination and a superfluous treatment of all main characters, although his research into the subject matter is obvious and commendable. A huge disappointment.

It's amazing …

… how quickly and easily this book ties together diverse and complex concepts into a fast, compelling read. It's the kind of book you really enjoy reading — and then really enjoy what it's given you to think about when you're finished. Well done!

WWW: Wake
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  • $8.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Published: Apr 07, 2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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