Wake: Book One In The WWW Trilogy

by Robert J Sawyer

Penguin Canada | April 14, 2009 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Wake: Book One In The WWW Trilogy is rated 2 out of 5 by 2.
Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math—and blind. But, she can surf the Net with the best of them, following its complex paths in her mind. When a Japanese researcher develops a new signal-processing implant that might give her sight, she jumps at the chance, flying to Tokyo for the operation. But the visual cortex in Caitlin’s brain has long since adapted to allow her to navigate online. When the implant is activated, instead of seeing reality, she sees the landscape of the World Wide Web spreading out around her in a riot of colours and shapes. While exploring this amazing realm, she discovers something—some other—lurking in the background. And it’s getting smarter…

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Published: April 14, 2009

Publisher: Penguin Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143178008

ISBN - 13: 9780143178002

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Left hungry Much of what goes into a review, if we’re honest, is about personal taste and preference, bringing to that our own world view. In a way, it’s that latter point that underpins Sawyer’s much-acclaimed novel, Wake. I have to admit I wanted more. And by more I don’t mean quantity. Not even do I necessarily mean quality. What I wanted was more depth. But, again, that’s a point of personal preference. Still, it was that superficiality, that lack of depth, that kept me from completely engaging with the story Sawyer crafted. There were pages, even whole chapters, spent on geek-speak, which for geeks is great (I am reminded of the quartet of Big Bang Theory), but which for me caused a complete arrest of the plot, action, and character development, to the point I found myself skimming. Again, I must mitigate that statement with the caveat this is purely personal taste. I know, simply from the astonishing sales numbers for the novel, there are thousands out there who would disagree with my point of view. This is my review, however, and so I can only bring to that review my own perspective. Having said all that, I found the underlying concepts of the story – an awakening artificial intelligence, and the moral issue of allowing artificial intelligence to propagate – concepts which have been dealt with previously. And so, if I’m going to read about something that has previously been explored, I’m hoping for something new to be introduced to the discussion. Again, that lack of depth, that lack of uniqueness, left me hungry. It wasn’t until the last 10% of the book I found myself absorbed by relationship dynamics and characterization, and the tension around that relationship. Much of the emotional depth of that last 10% could have been infused throughout the previous 90%, and had that been achieved, the fact little new had been added to the lexicon of artificial intelligence would have been completely mitigated by a profound story about defining relationships between alien species. But, then, maybe that’s an entirely different story than the one Sawyer wished to tell. Would I recommend Sawyer’s novel, Wake? Sure I would. If you love SF and aren’t interested in the touchy-feeling aspects of literature, then yes Wake is for you. If you want something else, if you’re looking for profundity and provocation, then no, Wake isn’t for you.
Date published: 2010-12-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not his best effort All of his other books catch you brilliantly within the first few pages. Not so with this one. Sawyer is a master in using actual science (both practical and theoretical) in his novels, but many parts of "Wake" read like he is showing us all of the cool scientific articles and research he has read, but it gets bogged-down and monotonous around the half-way point. It is well researched, but not well put together. It's a shame, because it is the first of a trilogy, and I've lost interest before even finishing the first book. Don't start with this novel as your first read of a Sawyer book. Try "Calculating God". "Rollback", or "Flashforward" (so much better than the t.v. show). The narrative, character development, and use of hard science fiction is superior in every way in these earlier works.
Date published: 2010-04-06

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Wake: Book One In The WWW Trilogy

by Robert J Sawyer

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: April 14, 2009

Publisher: Penguin Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143178008

ISBN - 13: 9780143178002

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Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math—and blind. But, she can surf the Net with the best of them, following its complex paths in her mind. When a Japanese researcher develops a new signal-processing implant that might give her sight, she jumps at the chance, flying to Tokyo for the operation. But the visual cortex in Caitlin’s brain has long since adapted to allow her to navigate online. When the implant is activated, instead of seeing reality, she sees the landscape of the World Wide Web spreading out around her in a riot of colours and shapes. While exploring this amazing realm, she discovers something—some other—lurking in the background. And it’s getting smarter…