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FlashForward

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Flash Forward

In the very near future of 2009, two physicists working on a complicated experiment accidentally thrust the collective consciousness of the entire world ahead twenty-one years. Although the "flash forward," as it's later named, lasts only minutes, the aftermath is catas...
In the very near future of 2009, two physicists working on a complicated experiment accidentally thrust the collective consciousness of the entire world ahead twenty-one years. Although the "flash forward," as it's later named, lasts only minutes, the aftermath is catastrophic. Not only are millions of people killed in accidents caused by their sudden and brief departure from the present (i.e. plane and car crashes, falls down stairs, etc.), but those who survived find themselves emotionally rocked by their respective (and sometimes shared) glimpses of the future. The two scientists are left to piece together what happened, while also trying to figure out whether or not the future they all saw was fixed or just one of many possible outcomes. This sci-fi/thriller/murder mystery plays out like an extended episode of The Outer Limits. Imagine if a super-conductor being operated at the CERN laboratory in Geneva actually causes the entire human race to experience two minuttes of their consciousness being transported 21 years into the future. A neat idea that, in lesser hands, would have been given pulp treatment. Sawyer deftly shows not only the brilliance of these visions but also the tragic results of all human activity coming to a halt for 2 minutes (countless tradgedies and disasters worldwide). Also, not all governments and individuals are thrilled about the glimpse into the future and what it reveals to them. Throw into the mix the fact that one of the CERN Physicists has no vision because he must not exist 21 years in the future - a fact proven by the hundreds of individuals who have visions that include the revalation that he was murdered a few days prior to the "flash forward". Fantastic read.

posted by readtolive_livetoread on September 24, 2009

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Not bad, but the TV show is better

I picked up this book because I like the TV show so much that I wanted to learn more. There are major differences between the two, mainly that the flashforward in the book is 20 years in the future, while the flashforward in the TV show is only 6 months. I think 6 month...
I picked up this book because I like the TV show so much that I wanted to learn more. There are major differences between the two, mainly that the flashforward in the book is 20 years in the future, while the flashforward in the TV show is only 6 months. I think 6 months makes the story more compelling, and has a more immediate effect on the characters and the choices they start making.

While the book centered on scientists and explained the scientific cause of the flashforward, I prefer the FBI agents on the show not knowing the cause. I have to admit that all of the scientific explanations bogged the story down and I skimmed over those pages.

Gave this a 3 out of 5 rating as it's a great premise and I enjoyed it, but it was a little on the dry side and I could have done without all of the science. Not a must read, but just okay.

posted by alexia561 on November 6, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2010

    I expected better

    I picked up the book after watching one episode of the ABC TV Show. From my experience, books are often much better than their TV/Movie remake. Unfortunately, this was not the case with this book. The character development and story line was sluggish and at times stale. I was so disappointed with the ending (or lack there of) that I literally threw the book across the room.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2009

    Interesting Premise. Disappointing Delivery

    I picked up this book because I thought it would be interesting to read at the beginning of the new ABC television series of the same name. Never thought I'd say this, but the series is infinitely better than this book.

    What the book has going for it is a very interesting premise, that of an entire world blacking out and "flash-forwarding" 20-some years into the future. After this premise, though, it reads horribly -- characters are two-dimensional, repetitive, boring, listless. The plot plods. Characters react in ways that one can't justify in any reality -- sci fi or otherwise -- and it seems more that the author is forcing character to do things to force the plot into a forward motion. Very heavy handed.

    This, of course, causes unrealistic dialogue and many instances where I simply slap my forehead at the obtuseness of the characters in front of me.

    This is my first Robert Sawyer novel. Perhaps it's not the best one of his to pick up. I'm not looking forward to pick up another on.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 6, 2010

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