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Divergence (AI Trilogy #3)

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  223 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
The robot Constantine notices an Artificial Intelligence spontaneously coming into being on a distant planet...and watches helplessly as it is destroyed. In deep space, far from Earth, Judy senses a change of mood aboard the passenger ship she travels on...and a quick investigation reveals that the craft is succumbing to a mysterious alien infestation. Just as hope seems l ...more
Paperback, 327 pages
Published May 4th 2007 by Tor Books (first published May 1st 2007)
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Mike Franklin
4/5 stars.

Although still very good, this final book in his Recursion trilogy was a little disappointing when compared against the earlier books. It did not have the same sweeping scope; the multiple POVs, so typical of this trilogy, were this time pretty much confined to one single story thread; switching between different members of the crew of a small trading spaceship. Also the generally very good hard science aspects of the SF were a little weaker this time around.

That said I did like the id
A.R. Davis
Jun 08, 2012 A.R. Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
6/6/12 Divergence, Tony Ballantyne, 2007. It started slowly with too many characters, but then zoomed off into the depths of the story with all its philosophical issues and amazing details. The ending, as was to be expected, verged on the psychedelic symbolic images of 2001 the movie, but did not go over that abyss. Too many great ideas were contained in the processing space of this trilogy to mention them all but a few of my favorites were: “... so what if your mind is a TM? You are greater tha ...more
Feb 21, 2012 Palmyrah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It kept me reading, but that was about it. The plot is fragmented and parts of it don't make sense. Sloppy editing makes the problem worse – words missing from sentences, passages apparently missing from the text (since critical information needed to make sense of what is there seems to have been left out). The characters are unsympathetic and their behaviour and thoughts puerile. A lot of therapy-speak is involved.

The laws of physics are repeatedly violated during the action, without so much of
Nov 01, 2007 Wealhtheow rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The final book in his trilogy concerning AIs, sentience and humanity, this is also the weakest book. Generations ago, an AI named The Watcher developed and set itself up as the caretaker of humanity. Under its ever-watchful gaze, all thinking beings, digital, robotic or atomic, are petted and cared for. Social Care watches over everyone, making sure no one is too depressed or lonely, ensuring that even the smallest urges toward violence or self-destruction are turned to more positive impulses. B ...more
Oct 20, 2012 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Poor, with flights of genius. But mostly poor.

This book is the last in a loose-knit trilogy, although each book stands alone. I read the second book and moved onto the third. Frankly, I wish I hadn't.

The philosophy that this book appears to expound, in a clumsy pedagogical manner, is barely elucidated and, worse, those parts that are elucidated are incoherent and weak. If one categorises this book as a novel, them that is weak plot-making and writing, in that a necessary component of this fictio
Oct 18, 2013 Brendanh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was unaware of the fact that this book was part of a trilogy when I took it out from the library since nowhere on the book does it mention that fact. I can attest to the fact that it is a confusing mess. Whether it is because I missed the background story of the first two books or whether it is just that - a mess, I don't know.

Every few chapters Ballantyne seems to want to make some sort of ideological statement about the nature of capitalism, socialism or communism, then completely fails to f
Feb 12, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If a book tells you from the start that it is about god-like machine intelligences, can it be criticized for having a deus ex machina ending?

It has science that is fictional. It is better than average. The ending was logical but not as exciting as the build up promised.

You should read at least one of the preceding two related books (Capacity and Recursion) before reading this one.
Luke Meehan
A somewhat disappointing end to a fine trilogy. Ballantyne's trilogy was a conceptual one, a story of two separate ideas, only loosely linked by plot and character. When the ideas became too ad-hoc, then the need for strong characters grew greater, and this is where 'Divergence' became unsatisfying.
S.A. Parham
Sep 07, 2007 S.A. Parham rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I struggled through ten chapters before declaring this one of the most boring books I've read in a long time. The premise of an AI controlling all human life could have been a lot more interesting, and I just couldn't get interested enough in the narrative character to wait for the author to get to the point.
Feb 19, 2009 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The conclusion to the three book series.

haven't gotten to the end yet, however, it is shaping up to be a good read.

However, I felt that the beginning was kind of slow, having just finished reading capacity and how explosive the ending was.
Sep 06, 2010 Gerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conclusion of the Recursion series that requires you to have read the other books in the series. I liked how it continued to build on the themes of the series, but the ending felt a little forced. All in all I'll still re-read this series, but this was my least favorite.
Jun 13, 2013 Kati rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
The beginning and middle were great and the end was anti-climatic and boooring. The end gets very philosophical which would have been fine if the whole book was that way.
Silly me, I thought I was starting Divergent! Turned out to be pretty interesting anyway. If you like thought provoking sci-fi this one fits the bill.
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Anthony Ballantyne, is a British science-fiction author who is most famous for writing his debut trilogy of novels, Recursion, Capacity and Divergence. He is also Head of Information Technology and an Information Technology teacher at The Blue Coat School, Oldham and has b
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