Sunday, 14 August 2011

WWW: #3 Wonder

Common among trilogies, the first, i.e., the introductory both as it sets the foundation of the series is the greatest and the final book serves as a mind-blasting ending to the series and the middle one serves as the balancing act but Robert J. Sawyer's WWW series breaks these norms. Lets hear for the final book of the WWW trilogy, Wonder.

Here is the summary of the book:

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 bonded with, Webmind-wants desperately to protect her friend. And if she doesn't act, everything-Webmind included-may come crashing down.

As with the previous WWW book, Wonder takes off just as Watch finishes. While a pilot attempt to eliminate Webmind, the sentient A.I. of the world wide web by the agency WATCH may have been foiled and webmind may be safe for the time being but the humans have a long way to go before they can actually believe its worth.

Wonder....well the book title may not really say what it is about but after its two excellent predecessors - Wake & Watch - Wonder can be seen as the one where all the loose ends meet.

Webmind is doing wonders imaginable...I suppose that might be where the title comes from; cures for dangerous diseases, routing corrupt governments, keeping tabs over criminal activities. Webmind sure is going the way for a Nobel Peace Prize and he definitely gets it at the end.

While Caitlin and her family as well as Matt while supporting him (webmind) face problems of their own. As well as Hobo and his caretakers & the Chinese Wong Wai-Jeng are fighting their own battles. And well Colonel Peyton Hume has for a lack of a better word...gone rogue.

After Wake and Watch a lot would feel 'how much more can you give after such amazing two book?' Well Wonder may not exactly have any of them but it is the ideology that matters and the author shows his via Webmind. And I still haven't grasped the concept of 'Game Theory'. As the previous two installments, the characterization of the book goes like - its top notch. They are all very vivid and dynamic. It is very easy to get along with them, especially Webmind. It is a good thing that Robert J. Sawyer did not make it into a dystopia - we already have a lot of them in the market at present - we don't need more; WWW is strangely optimistic, maybe the human race have hope after all.




Genre :      Fiction, Sci-fi


Publisher: Ace Hardcover


Rate:              5/5 (It was amazing)

3 comments:

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  2. Hey, Aparajita. Lovely blog:) Found you via Book Blogs, nice to meet another Indian with a book blog too. Grabbed your badge to put on my blog and Happy Independence Day :)

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