Wonder

Wonder

Book - 2011
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The advent of Webmind--a vast consciousness that spontaneously emerged from the infrastructure of the World Wide Web--is changing everything . From curing cancer to easing international tensions, Webmind seems a boon to humanity.

But Colonel Peyton Hume, the Pentagon's top expert on artificial intelligence, is convinced Webmind is a threat. He turns to the hacker underground to help him bring Webmind down. Then, hackers start mysteriously vanishing. Is Webmind killing them before they can mount an attack? Meanwhile, Caitlin Decter--the once-blind 16-year-old math genius who discovered Webmind-- desperately tries to protect her friend. And Masayuki Kuroda, the scientist whose implant gave Caitlin sight, modifies his technology to help Sinanthropus, a paraplegic Chinese freedom blogger, regain use of his legs--unaware of Sinanthropus's role in China's plans to eliminate Webmind. Can this new world of wonder survive--or will everything, Webmind included, come crashing down?

Publisher: Toronto : Viking Canada, 2011
ISBN: 9780670067435
9780143056324
Branch Call Number: SAWY
Characteristics: viii, 338 p. ; 24 cm

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ontherideau Jul 29, 2017

I wasn't aware this is a series. It is a fine stand alone too, very readable speculative fiction.

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nimbus13
Dec 19, 2016

This was the third book in the WWW Trilogy by Robert J Sawyer. I couldn't put it down and was so pleased with the ending. So many books finish with a rush or are not tied up. I have now read all three - 'Wonder' and 'Watch' were read in two sittings each. I was a bit hesitant on 'Wake' but once I got into it, it held me enthralled too.

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Sarah1984
Nov 08, 2013

This has been a great series!! Very enjoyable, readable and gives the reader lots of ideas of where we could end up. Caitlin spends most of the book trying to defend Webmind from the pessimists and those threatened by his appearance. I was relieved by the cutaway from the Caitlin-loses-her-virginity scene, as I always feel a little squirmily uncomfortable when a male author writes a teenage sex scene (not that female authors don't get themselves into illegal situations with teenagers, but a guy imagining/creating a girl's first sexual experience for his book can be a bit icky for a reader). I thought the ending was interesting, fastforwarding 5 billion years into the future as the sun expands to swallow the solar system - I hope, but don't really believe we (or the planet) will last that long, I'm inclined to think that humans will terminally polute and over populate the planet long before that.

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zipread
Oct 24, 2012

Wonder --- by Robert J. Sawyer --- Robert Sawyer’s been writing for a long time: since 1990. Thatg’s almost a quarter of a century. After having written more than twenty five books this man is no longer a “new” author. Books like Wonder are good examples of why Sawyer has so many books in print. First of all, like his other books this is not a shoot-em-up not an action novel. However, his writing in this novel is thought-provoking and often poignant. And so is this book.

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monikak1
Aug 21, 2012

An artificial intelligence develops on the worldwide web with the help of a blind girl. The AI eradicates spam, develops a cure for cancer etc. but the U.S. government tries to kill the Ai

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Robert J. Webster
May 02, 2012

One of the best stories I've read.

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OPLBPO
Sep 30, 2011

Series was quite interesting with the iplications we come away with, but as with the other works of Sawyer it tended to lack some focus. This is a series worth reading due to the plot and character development though it could difinately benefit from a more punchy delivery.

There seemed to be a need to "wrap it up" in the final book which increased the pace to an interesting level. The epilogue could be an interesting story in itself.

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rumplestiltskin
May 20, 2011

This book has a bonobo-chimp hybrid character. He's funny and smart. This series is pretty good.

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Books4eyes
May 13, 2011

This is the third and final book of the WWW Trilogy Series. Without giving away the plot, we finally see the full potential of Webmind and it scares some people while others embrace it. Even the reader will be wondering. The story builds to a very suspense filled ending.

debwalker Apr 29, 2011

"At long last, Sawyer’s much anticipated finale to his WWW trilogy has arrived. Wonder completes the interwoven stories of 15-year-old Caitlin Decter and Webmind, the Internet-based life form she discovered through a retinal implant that allowed her to “see” data streams within the World Wide Web in Wake (2009) and that became a self-determined entity in its own right in Watch (2010). In Wake and Watch, Sawyer painstakingly, yet effortlessly, laid the multifaceted groundwork that comes to fruition in Wonder."
Cori Dussman, Globe & Mail April 25, 2011

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