BN.com Gift Guide
Customer Reviews for

FlashForward

Average Rating 4
( 101 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(29)

4 Star

(32)

3 Star

(30)

2 Star

(7)

1 Star

(3)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review

Most Helpful Critical Review

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

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 32 review with 4 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 2
  • Posted August 17, 2012

    Food for thought

    What I really enjoyed about this novel was that it presented the moral dilemma of what would you do if you had the opportunity to see the future, and how your future would impacted by that choice. Truly a character-driven novel, it is less about this event itself, and more about how the characters were impacted by the event, and how they reacted to it. Not a typical sci-fi novel, there is very little action, but it more than makes up for it in intelligence and its cerebral quality.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 17, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    I found the TV series about the same time I started reading book

    I found the TV series about the same time I started reading books by Robert J Sawyer. In this case, I saw the series before I read the book (it was not my first book by him.) I found I liked the TV show better. I did enjoy the book as well and the differences were interesting in the book. I admit I tend to prefer the first version I experience of anything over later versions like this. I did find the ending interesting-definitely a RJS ending.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 8, 2011

    Classic Sawyer!!!

    Only complaint is the ending. Seemed unfinished.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 24, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Flashforward

    I normally wouldn't review something this old, but with the new TV show, Flashforward starring Joseph Fiennes and John Cho on ABC, having premiered earlier this fall it felt timely to go back and look at a book that a lot of viewers of the show don't realize exist. As with any adaptation, and even more so when the book is adapted to a TV show, I often wonder before viewing either the source material or the adaptation how they're going to differ and which one's going to be better or whether they're even going to be comparable. In this case the source and the adaptation are almost completely different.
    Flashforward (the book) takes place mainly in Switzerland on the CERN property, mainly we read about the characters dealing with issues of morality and crises of conscious as well as coming to terms with the futures they see in their flashforwards. It's interesting to see these characters trying to figure out what happened and the scientific processes behind it. But we also see theories of quantum physics which sometimes enter the realm of existentialism, looking into questions of fate versus freewill and questions about whether the future is set or do we have the power to change it. In this way the book is very powerful as the author doesn't always try to answer the questions, but he prefers to throw out the theories and let the reader choose what they believe.
    One of the things I really enjoy about Sawyer's writing is the fact that he doesn't spend too much time telling you about the character's surroundings as some authors due (God rest Michael Chrichton, but he can get a little two wordy on describing the trees surrounding a character). His prose is fresh, while not overbearing, and makes for an easy and refreshing read.
    One thing that's kind of unfortunate about the book though is at times it can be unintentionally funny. Flashforward was written in 1999 and takes place primarily in 2009 so at times Sawyer makes observations of 2009 that don't quite hit the mark. While the Large Hadron Collider has only been run once but still isn't fully operational (although it's supposed to be operational this month, the book takes place in April). Sawyer also observes that in 2009 glasses are virtually nonexistent because laser surgery is so prevalent and there is no need for glasses. There's many other instances of this, but not enough to make the book unreadable. This is a sci-fi book relying mainly on a type of time travel, so errancies in the facts of that time are only expected and I'm sure we'll see more that will make us laugh when we hit 2030!
    I highly recommend giving this book a try, it'll give you a treat of seeing the way the material was originally meant to be before being adapted for the TV show if you happen to enjoy that, or if you're a fan of sci-fi and science you'll find much else to enjoy.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 32 review with 4 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 2