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Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math--and blind. But, she can surf the Net with the best of them, following its complex paths in her mind.

When a Japanese researcher develops a new signal-processing implant that might give her sight, she jumps at the chance, flying to Tokyo for the operation.

But the visual cortex in Caitlin's brain has long since adapted to allow her to navigate online. When the implant is activated, instead of seeing reality, she sees the landscape of the World Wide Web spreading out around her in a riot of colours and shapes. While exploring this amazing realm, she discovers something--some other--lurking in the background. And it's getting smarter...

Publisher: Toronto : Viking Canada, c2009.
ISBN: 9780670067411
Characteristics: ix, 356 p. ;,24 cm.


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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.

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.

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!

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.

Sep 07, 2011

Immensely readable with a well thought out plot in regards to how the AI gains intelligence. Looking forward to reading the next two books!

Jun 06, 2011

Book one of the WWW trilogy.

Enthralling read about Caitlin Decter, blind from birth, gaining sight with the assistance of a signal-processing implant.

Caitlin has to learn how to manage in a new world - she's used to voice commands and braille on her computer, but now she has to learn how to recognise letters and numbers in a written form.

In this midst of this, an interaction between Caitlin and an unknown entity starts to blossom.

Highly recommended.

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.

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.

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.

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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Aug 23, 2010

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