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Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer
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Read in May, 2010

I purchased this one when the TV series was announced, with the intention of reading it before the show started. Unfortunately, I didn't end up reading it until May, after I'd already watched most of the 1st season.
The TV show may have colored my judgement, though I don't really feel like it has...
Robert J Sawyer is an excellent author. "Canada's answer to Michael Crichton" is the quote that I read on all of his books. And he is similar - though not quite as good. Still, I love these types of books, and Sawyer's always seem to turn out better than average.
Flashforward is about a planet wide shift in consciousness. Every living person experiences a simultaneous blackout, accompanied by a vision of their life, 21 years in the future.
There are two plot lines - one that searches for the CAUSE of the blackout, and another that explores the idea of fate versus free will. I thought both were well resolved, and the science was appropriately "dumbed down" for those of us who are not physicists. :)
I found this one very entertaining and thought provoking. I was set to rate it 4 stars until the ending...
Which I hated. Sawyers version of "immortality" was just creepy to me - though that may be due to my own hangups, rather than an actual problem with the story.
I'll continue reading Sawyer, but hope that the Jade Man doesn't show up in anymore novels ;)

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