Wake

Wake

Book - 2009
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Although Caitlin Decter is blind, she can effortlessly surf the Internet by following its complex paths clearly in her mind. When she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness.
Publisher: Toronto : Viking Canada, c2009.
ISBN: 9780143056300
9780670067411
Branch Call Number: SAWYE
Characteristics: ix, 356 p. ; 24 cm.

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crushem
Jun 02, 2014

If you have an open mind and enjoy refreshing perspectives on topical and age old issues sprinkled throughout a wonderfully imaginative scenario then just about any of Robert Sawyer's books will appeal to you.

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splendid
Dec 06, 2013

The WWW novels have an interesting concept which would have made a great trilogy. Unfortunately the books becomes progressively tedious to read as the author uses the story as a vehicle to excessively push his apparent personal viewpoints. Lengthy character dialogs are essentially dogmatic lectures on religious, social, and moral issues. A frustrating disappointment of a potentially good sci fi series.

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genfloss
Sep 23, 2013

For the older teen who is interested in any branch of science - or anyone else who is a Sawyer fan. Quite a bit over the head of non-techies in the details, but never mind - this does not spoil the fun!

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Sarah1984
Jul 12, 2013

12/07 - There is a lot of internet related techno-speak (I want to call it babble, but I won't, because it probably makes sense to readers who are more profficient at understanding the intricacies of the internet) which I sometimes had trouble following. In the end, after reading many baffling descriptions of what's going on in the background while I Google, I skimmed most of the passages detailing the inner workings of the World Wide Web, making sure I got the information pertinent to the story without having to read all the words about how it all works (don't want to spoil the magic, or waste my time reading a paragraph-long description that won't make anything any clearer anyway). Despite the very in-depth techno-speak I enjoyed the book. It had a unique plot and very realistic descriptions of the development of an online artificial identity as well as how a previously blind teenager might view and describe the world as she first begins to see it. Caitlin is a sympathetic teenage character - she's intelligent, a little backward in her peer relationships and still happy to be seen with her parents (my kind of teenager). Looking forward to the second book in the trilogy.

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Katishah
May 28, 2011

Gosh, real old-school sci fi, not fantasy; makes me quite nostalgic. Not that it isn’t quite up to date in subject matter - it’s all about the dawning consciousness of the World Wide Web and other technological immediacies. I gather that Sawyer is enormously popular and, indeed, one of the best selling authors Canada has ever produced. This book is highly readable but Sawyer is no Bradbury; it’s not art.

Like all old-school sci fi, the basic what-if scientific idea is the whole raison d’etre of the story; Sawyer does tell a story to clothe the idea in, and it’s a workmanlike construction, but not deeply engaging. One is drawn on in the reading not by empathy but by intellectual curiosity. It works, I probably wouldn’t sound so negative about it but for the (of course) over-the-top praise on the jacket cover which cites “graceful” prose. I just can’t go that far.

SPOILER ALERT: I was amused to note that when the “webmind” is coming to consciousness, and Our Heroine is feeding it information - Wikipedia, The Gutenberg Project - and it gathers up all of human written culture, it somehow skips/misses/is not affected by all the porn and crackpot hate literature out there. Sigh. Innate good taste, I guess.

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Makin
Apr 14, 2011

Rob's work has always been interesting and this book is no different. He takes a scenario and builds on it until it almost feels like you know the characters. I'm deffinatly interesting in the next two in the series, I just hope he can hold he main character back from more Canada bashing. Having your lead character qvetch about our country is no way to endear her to Canadian readers.

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Books4eyes
Oct 20, 2010

Having read most of Sawyers books, I couldn't wait to read Wake (The WWW Trilogy). The book was interesting and has its moments. I felt having the main character as a blind teenage girl was a great idea but did he have to write to include the teenage audience too. Come on Robert more Sawyer less teenage romance.

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stefz
Sep 08, 2010

I think I was the first to ask EPL to get this book and I waited and waited and finally they got it and I was among the first on the list.

The idea of a blind girl getting her sight through a web technology got my interest but the whole idea seemed so preposterous and the plot being a bit flat I wasn't too thrilled with this book but still I waited for the sequel and I'm sure will read the third as well.

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diamond_shark
Aug 23, 2010

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