May 042012
 

WWW: Wake (WWW #1) by Robert J Sawyer
Source: Gift from Emily at Red House Books
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math-and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin’s brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes. While exploring this amazing realm, she discovers something-some other-lurking in the background. And it’s getting more and more intelligent with each passing day…

This book was really hyped in my head, and I was really looking forward it to. It did not disappoint. I loved this book. What follows is my attempt at a coherent review that is not entirely gushing, because that’s what I’d really like to do.

Caitlin was a great character. She was witty and humourous, with a sarcastic streak that fit her strong independent nature. I was both thrilled and excited by each new step of her improvement and change.

The slow wakening of intelligence was very intriguing. Watching the presence learn and evolve was one of my favourite parts. The way Caitlin helped the presence with various learning methods was ingenius.

The only part that had me scratching my head was Caitlin’s blog. Obviously I’m biased, but LiveJournal? Really?

Overall, this was a great start to a series. The possibilities that exist for book two are endless. I can’t wait to read it and see where the story goes from here.

Challenges read for:

The Canadian Book Challenge 5

2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

Speculative Fiction Challenge 2012

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