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WWW: Wonder (WWW #3)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  2,795 ratings  ·  274 reviews
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"Awriter of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation" (New York Times) concludes his mindbending trilogy. 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 te
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Hardcover, 338 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Ace Hardcover (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
'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 4 of 5 stars
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
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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
***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
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Tim Hicks
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
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
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
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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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.
Ginn
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.
Ben
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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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Aero Windwalker
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
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
Loranne
This trilogy got me hooked and I read each book in 2-3 days. I felt however that there were some flaws in the narrative techniques used: the situations created sometimes felt like a poor excuse to simply put forward an argument, and all the main characters are just a mouthpiece for what sawyer wants to say, not to mention that there are too many serious conversations taking place one after another, even if the situation at times calls for a much lighter topic. Still, the trilogy was an exciting ...more
Louis
Dec 30, 2013 Louis rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Science fiction fans, fans of AI
This novel is the concluding volume of his WWW trilogy. The 3 books are:

WWW: Wake
WWW: Watch
WWW: Wonder

I enjoyed this series. It's a very light and fast read of an AI springing from the Web.

I did give the two previous volumes 4 star reviews, but this one I took 1 star from because I felt the story wrapped up a bit too neatly. Everything just worked out too well. In the real world I do not feel this would happen.

One thing I loved about classic science fiction from authors like Arthur C Clarke wa
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Kelley Ceccato
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Denis
I chose not to review these three installments of the WWW trilogy separately as it is clear that they are three parts of one complete story as opposed to, say, Margaret Atwood’s “Addam trilogy” in witch each installment is a parallel narrative.

The first part “WAKE” is a scenario based upon a blind young girl who, due to chance circumstance of being chosen to have an experimental device installed behind one of her eyes so that she can gain sight, becomes in effect, one component that permitted th
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Tiphanie Neely
I will say: this book has an awesome ending. I think it's the ending that blessed it with three stars, because I love powerful and beautiful endings.

So, I liked about half of this book. Approximately half of it was written in first person, in the voice of the internet AI, Webmind, that emerged in the first book of the series. He is fascinating. The character - a sentient, non-human consciousness - is very well executed and Sawyer managed to make the first-person voice surprisingly realistic. The
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Paradoxical
Overall, I really liked reading the WWW series. They're fairly light and a fast read, but they have serious themes underneath that, well, sometimes are presented to the reader in a heavy-handed fashion. The characters are likable (except for the ones we're not supposed to like, of course) and the plot is an engaging one.

The third and last book of the trilogy, Wonder, has Webmind stepping out into the world and learning to live with humanity. Or, in his case, trying to live, as several people an
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Blodeuedd Finland
The good thing about this book is that I could just start reading without having read the previous books (this I of course did not know when I started.) Sure things are mentioned that happened before, yes I would like to read about these things as the book was interesting. But as it is now, it worked and I never felt a bit lost at all.

Did I understand all of the science talk? No, not really, but this did not matter either cos he made it real easy for you. I also linked how he sprinkled a bit of
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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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