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WWW: Wonder (WWW #3)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,160 Ratings  ·  293 Reviews
Webmind-the vast consciousness that spontaneously emerged from the infrastructure of the World Wide Web-has proven its worth to humanity by aiding in everything from curing cancer to easing international tensions. But the brass at the Pentagon see Webmind as a threat that needs to be eliminated.

Caitlin Decter-the once-blind sixteen-year-old math genius who discovered, and
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Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Ace (first published March 29th 2011)
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Jake Forbes
What I loved about Wake, the first book in the WWW trilogy, was the way Sawyer lifted the reader up, along with the characters, through the process of emerging digital consciousness. The second volume is a real nail-biter as we anxiously wait to see how the world will respond to the birth of an AI that by its very nature monitors everything we do online. For the last year, I've been looking forward to reading the conclusion. As compulsively readable as the first two books, Wonder ends the WWW tr ...more
Michael
I devoured the last two installments in Robert J. Sawyer's "WWW" trilogy and was anxious for the third installment to hit the shelves. I was fascinated to see how Sawyer would bring together some of the threads we saw in book one and to find out the final fate of the Webmind.

So, I guess you could say I had some pretty high expectations for "WWW: Wonder."

And I guess you could say that the book didn't exactly live up to them.

It's still a good story and the ideas raised in the book are fascinatin
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Matt
While Saywer has long been one of my favourite sci-fi authors, I have had a few disappointments with a few of his works in the past. The WWW trilogy's first two books renewed my confidence in RJS and had me eagerly awaiting WWW:Wonder. The final installment though was not quite what I came to expect after reading the first two novels.
The story was definitely entertaining, and continued on logically from where WATCH left off. The characters were all back in some meaningful way, and up until about
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Michael Christopher
Sawyer builds on the web that he wove during the second book in the trilogy as governments and individuals struggle to cope with the reality of the internet having come to life. The pacing of the novel is on par with WATCH, but with the complex back-story is already in place the novel is able to leap from place to place and so it feels like a more nimble read. As Sawyer's characters explore the new world that dawns with the AI now omnipresent, the story explores the ramifications of our behaviou ...more
John Carter McKnight
Robert J. Sawyer embodies the reasons why many of us were drawn to science fiction, way back when: as the title of the book expresses, "wonder." In this sweet, sympathetic conclusion to his emergent-AI trilogy, Sawyer gives us a book-length "it gets better" video, from school bullying to governmental tyranny to fear of change and each other.

Caitlyn Decter continues to grow up, perhaps the most sweetly real teenage character in SF history (I totally fantasy-cast her as the young woman who plays A
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Kevin
Nov 13, 2012 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Wonder' is the third and final volume in the series. It faithfully continues the formula of following an emergent AI through the eyes of a previously blind High School girl, converting high concept SF into something sweet and human, even somewhat juvenile. As usual, the author seasons it thoroughly with little science nuggets.

This installment is by far the most suspenseful, as the 'life' of our beloved AI is threatened on several fronts, and there are many clues that it is far darker than it se
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Alan
Jul 13, 2011 Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who ever rooted for H.A.R.L.I.E. or P-1, or wished MYCROFTXXX was a real phone number...
Recommended to Alan by: Previous volumes
Robert J. Sawyer brings his WWW trilogy to a satisfying and very definite conclusion in this volume—yes, folks, amazing as it may sound, the man's actually written a trilogy that consists of just three books, no mean feat these days.

I'm assuming you're at least somewhat familiar with the previous installments in Sawyer's series about a nascent world-spanning artificial intelligence that evolves out of World Wide Web network traffic. If not, go back and pick up the first two before even consideri
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Tim Chaplin
Apr 28, 2013 Tim Chaplin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cathy
3.5 stars. Very readable, if overly preachy, as usually. I do like the central message, which is that a win-win outcome is possible in the information age, if we just believe it is. But there are a few rants that are as annoying as ever (Caitlin's Dad's lecture about why sexting is ok is just absurd) and the teen romance is unnecessarily rushed and uncomfortable, despite a few sweet moments. Wrapping up Hobo's involvement seemed really promising for a while, then petered out. And the big huge su ...more
Evie
Jul 14, 2011 Evie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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***Originally posted to: Bookish Blog

Wonder is the final book in Robert J. Sawyer’s WWW Trilogy about Webmind, the vast consciousness that spontaneously emerged from the World Wide Web. It was a fitting and perfectly satisfying ending to the series. Fans will be very pleased with how well Sawyer ties up all the loose ends, making it clear that this was a well thought out and thoroughly researched story.

After discovering the existence of Webmind, the US government tried but failed to exterminat
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Brian Layman
Jun 05, 2011 Brian Layman rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2011
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Tim Hicks
Jun 21, 2011 Tim Hicks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Four stars for enjoyable, but don't forget that this is, as others have said, SF Lite. Despite all the modern stuff, there's a Heinlein-juvenile feeling throughout. Written for smart teens? If so, I think it's done well.

Don't read this except as the third of three.

Plenty of interesting ideas. As is often the case with Sawyer, there are perhaps too many characters who seemto be there so the author can make a point about what they represent. There's a lot of explaining, but a fair bit of it was
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Claire Wheeler
Aug 21, 2013 Claire Wheeler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy - I read all three books in four days, so I'm only reviewing this one. "Wake" pulled me in easily with its easygoing prose (Saunders is as readable as King) and its friendly attitude (I kept thinking of Heinlein). It's not literary by any stretch, but it has two things going for it: clever plotting enacted by relatable characters, and enlightening discourse on a wide range of scientific ideas.

I was particularly intrigued by Saunders' reflections on the impact of
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Chantal Boudreau
The last in the trilogy, this book brought up the idea of just how much government interference is too much, especially when considering public safety and well-being. Both Caitlin and Webmind strike out against forces that would restrict them, seeking allies, finding their strengths, and exploring their sense of selves, all the while maintaining their symbiotic friendship. While it treaded into some politically sensitive areas more than once, I appreciated the reasonably objective approach Mr. S ...more
Gregg Kellogg
Oct 22, 2015 Gregg Kellogg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gripping to the end, although the epilogue was a bit of a let down. For anyone who's been involved with the Web, particularly working on its core technology, this is a must read. The author effectively shows why an AGI needs us, if it is imbued with similar values and motivations, and pr sends a less dystopian futures than others have.
Guy Haley
Wonder caps off Robert Sawyer’s trilogy about Webmind, a non-human intelligence that emerges spontaneously from the internet.

Sawyer has a list of plaudits longer than an orang utan’s arm, but it’s hard to see why from this novel. Wonder reads like a so-so episode of a slightly above average SF TV show – slickly executed, but with its high SF and intriguing real-world info crassly juxtaposed with supporting character “arcs” that reek of “Geek Power” wish-fulfilment – teen sexual awakenings, the c
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Haden Pike
Aug 15, 2014 Haden Pike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now that Webmind is public knowledge and communicating with others besides Caitlin, it feels like she was an unnecessary in this book. In fact, if she had
been removed, it really wouldn't have effected the plot.

My second observation is that the author is clearly terrible at writing romance. There isn't much, but the small amount that's there detracts from the
story. I think Sawyer needed a reason to introduce another character in book two, and giving Caitlin a boyfriend was the first thing he thou
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Gary
Aug 22, 2015 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The series definitely makes the listener think. The author has the protagonist's math Professor named Heidegger for a reason. I had no problem with how the author steps through the creation of the self-aware entity into its understanding of its being about being, and is engagement in the world as an other. Heidegger (the real philosopher) if anything is nothing but a refutation of Descartes and his 'cogito ergo sum'. I'm not bothered at all by the author taking two entirely different approaches ...more
Kristoffer
Mar 24, 2016 Kristoffer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a WWW:WONDERful ending to the series. The book did a really great job of weaving the various characters and story lines from the previous books in the series together to pull off a successful conclusion and give a good justification for all of their story lines despite some just appearing as unconnected parallels in the previous books. This book managed to keep the quality and momentum of the previous books and has a fairly long and fulfilling ending. I wish that the web entity in ...more
Brittney
Originally posted on Brit's Book Nook

Wonder is the third and final book in the WWW trilogy and honestly I’m kind of disappointed.

The ending was not what I was expecting. I thought it would go a completely different way. I thought it would be more intense, so when ‘the final fight’ happened I felt underwhelmed.

There was also a lot of non-action scenes. Just theorizing and talking. Interviews and what not. I thought it was pretty ballsy to script a Jon Steward interview. All of these other big na
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Harald Koch
The concept remained interesting. But Mr. Sawyer keeps trying to be clever, and it didn't work very well. On top of that, he keeps getting bogged down in annoying technical details that are totally irrelevant, and they just become distracting. A poor finish.
Adwoa Akhu
Feb 23, 2015 Adwoa Akhu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This trilogy gives us a positive look at sentient technology while exploring many important concepts, such as prejudice and spirituality. The story is engaging, compelling, and thought-provoking. Well worth the read. I loved all three books!
Tomislav
Nov 30, 2015 Tomislav rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This is the third in a trilogy about a blind teenaged girl and an awakening intelligence on the internet with whom she is the first contact. WWW:Wake (2009) and WWW:Watch (2010) both won the Aurora Award be best English language Canadian Science Fiction novel in their respective years, and I suppose WWW:Wonder will be a candidate for 2011. But I felt WWW:Wonder burned up a lot of space repeating stuff from the first two, described a few more events, and then wrapped it up with an extended saccar ...more
Ginn
May 25, 2012 Ginn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, canadian
Solid ending to a fun tale. Lots of thought-provoking passages, some techie witticisms, and loads of Canada. Apparently this novel was written a few km north of where I sit right now, which is kind of neat.
Ressha
Jan 09, 2014 Ressha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Keith Beasley-topliffe
Wow. A trilogy that holds up through all three books and that (except for the epilogue) takes place over a short period of time, most of it in less than two months. It does get a little speechy toward the end, but Rob (and Webmind) has earned the right to give a summary of hoped for learnings by that point. And part of those learnings is that all of the amazing things Webmind can facilitate are already in motion in our world without the benefit of a guiding artificial intelligence. I, too, belie ...more
G33z3r
This series started with a premise about an AI emerging spontaneously in the Internet. Not the first such sci-fi story, but with an interesting idea about how it initially perceived the human world. It concludes with a story of alternate silliness, teenage sex, simplistic politics and a schmaltzy Kumbaya conclusion. More disappointing than I ever feared.

One problem with an AI story is an author's ability to imagine what kind of motivations such a being might have. Another is that a genius is onl
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Jamie Holcomb
Dec 30, 2015 Jamie Holcomb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, science, 2012
The trilogy concludes as government forces continue their misguided efforts to shut down Webmind and his influence over the world expands. While Webmind is beneficent, this novel also raises the prospect that a less fully-developed artificial intelligence might be petty, punitive and dangerous. Thanks to Webmind’s massive computer power, he can conduct millions of conversations at once and resolve personal problems both large and small while simultaneously plotting against totalitarian governmen ...more
Aero Windwalker
Jan 27, 2015 Aero Windwalker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Webmind is not an artificial intelligent because there is nothing artificial about him - he was not created by human. It's funny to see even himself referring his existence as the AI...

If Caitlyn's websight is a result of the data crawling, her movement would not effect the perspective in her view. She also wouldn't see Webmind's Chinese counter part after the internet was split. In face the whole idea of websight does not make logical sense, especially when you put it in a context where connect
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Lyle Wiedeman
Sep 03, 2014 Lyle Wiedeman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A YA trilogy, more-or-less set in today's world with only a little technological speculation. This trilogy tackles some very interesting ideas - what is consciousness, where does it come from, and how do we get used to the idea of not being the sole possessors of thought and the civil rights that come with that capacity. The characters are charming (with only a little evil in the antagonists to keep things moving along). I liked this trilogy for the same reason I liked the Hunger Games - a well- ...more
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Robert J. Sawyer is one of Canada's best known and most successful science fiction writers. He is the only Canadian (and one of only 7 writers in the world) to have won all three of the top international awards for science fiction: the 1995 Nebula Award for The Terminal Experiment, the 2003 Hugo Award for Hominids, and the 2006 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Mindscan.
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