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Wonder

Book Three In The WWW Trilogy

by Robert J. Sawyer

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thrillers & suspense, science & technology
list price: $13.50
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
published: 2012
ISBN:9780143056324
imprint: Viking
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The advent of Webmind—a vast consciousness that spontaneously emerged from the infrastructure of the World Wide Web—is changing everything. From curing cancer to easing international tensions, Webmind seems a boon to humanity.

But Colonel Peyton Hume, the Pentagon’s top expert on artificial intelligence, is convinced Webmind is a threat. He turns to the hacker underground to help him bring Webmind down. But soon hackers start mysteriously vanishing. Is Webmind killing them before they can mount an attack?

Caitlin Decter—the once-blind sixteen-year-old math genius who discovered Webmind—desperately tries to protect her friend. Can this new world of wonder survive, or will everything, Webmind included, come crashing down?

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Contributor notes

Robert J. Sawyer was born in Ottawa and lives in  Mississauga with his wife, poet Carolyn Clink. He has won  both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel. The ABC TV  series FlashForward was based on his novel of the same name.

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Editorial Review

“[Sawyer] manages to not only make each book work individually, but with Wonder, has adroitly drawn together seemingly disparate threads … Once again, Sawyer shows mastery in his ability to move between complex scientific concepts and genuine and realistic characters … Wonder is written so that readers do not have to read the previous books to be able to follow the story which is fast-paced and immediately engaging. Events from the previous book are smoothly introduced as needed, without detracting from the flow of the story. That said, there are nuances, themes and subtleties that flow beautifully when the trilogy is read as a whole.” - The Globe and Mail

“Wonder is not only a superb conclusion to a tremendous trilogy, but stands alone as one of the best books that Sawyer has ever written.” - Winnipeg Free Press

“Science-fiction juggernaut Sawyer is one of the most successful Canadian authors of the past few decades. He’s also a meticulous realist [whose] novels function as extended philosophical thought experiments. The real tension isn’t about Webmind’s advent and evolution; it’s about how humans will (or should) react to it. As Wonder’s plot twists and weaves, you’re drawn relentlessly toward the finish, eager to find out whether Webmind will turn out to be a blessing or a curse.” - Alex Hutchinson, The Walrus

“How does Wonder stack up against the first two installments of the trilogy? Perfectly. It brings home the story with warmth, intelligence, and precision. While there’s plenty of room to revisit the characters at a later date, it’s easy to close this book and know you’ve gotten the full story. Fans won’t be disappointed by the way things turn out, especially with some of the unexpected swerves Sawyer throws in for good measure. Sawyer’s presented a world I’d love to live in, and I can’t wait to see what he’ll do next.” - SF Site

“This is Robert J. Sawyer at his very best.” - Analog

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