WWW: Watch (WWW Trilogy Series #2)

WWW: Watch (WWW Trilogy Series #2)

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by Robert J. Sawyer, Jennifer Van Dyck, Jennifer Almasy, A. C. Fellner, Marc Vietor
     
 

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Sixteen-year-old Caitlin Decter was born blind. But, thanks to an implant in her head, she can now see the real world—and also see webspace, the structure of the World Wide Web. There, she’s found a nascent consciousness, which she’s helped bring forth, letting it, too, see the world for the first time.

The consciousness takes the name Webmind.

Overview

Sixteen-year-old Caitlin Decter was born blind. But, thanks to an implant in her head, she can now see the real world—and also see webspace, the structure of the World Wide Web. There, she’s found a nascent consciousness, which she’s helped bring forth, letting it, too, see the world for the first time.

The consciousness takes the name Webmind. Caitlin’s parents know about it, and so does WATCH, a secret US government agency that monitors terrorist activity on the Web (violating civil liberties as it does so). Caitlin is convinced that Webmind is benign, but her parents are afraid the public will view Webmind—which can now crack any password and read everyone’s email—as Big Brother.

Caitlin discovers that WATCH is on to them. She figures the best way to protect Webmind is by having it prove its benevolence to the world by eliminating all the spam from the Internet.

But Caitlin’s boyfriend accidentally reveals the secret of Webmind’s structure to WATCH. Armed with that information, the government tries to wipe out Webmind. Caitlin travels into webspace, helping Webmind overwhelm WATCH’s computers by redirecting all the billions of intercepted spam messages at them.

Webmind really is trying to help humanity, but Caitlin knows that they’ve only bought a little time. The dark forces of the government—the real Big Brother—will try again to wipe Webmind out. But Caitlin is determined to triumph: she’ll show them that her Big Brother can take their Big Brother.

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and read by author Robert J. Sawyer.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Born blind, 16-year-old Caitlin Decter is able to see thanks to a computerized retinal implant that also makes her able to "see" the data streams that flow along the Internet. Her gift enables her to awaken a conscious entity that calls itself Webmind. Even as her bond with her new friend strengthens, government agencies seek to eliminate what they perceive as a security threat. The sequel to WWW: Wake contrasts the innocence of developing friendship with the cynical approach of governments and corporate technology even as it develops the Decter family and their human (and digital) friends. VERDICT This page-turning thriller by the author of Flashforward and the "Neanderthal Parallax" trilogy is a top-notch choice for sf fans and AI fiction in particular.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441844118
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
05/18/2010
Series:
WWW Trilogy Series , #2
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Sawyer has been called “the dean of Canadian science fiction” by The Ottawa Citizen.

He is one of only seven writers in history—and the only Canadian—to win all three of the world’s top awards for best science-fiction novel of the year: the Hugo (which he won in 2003 for Hominids), the Nebula (which he won in 1995 for The Terminal Experiment), and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (which he won in 2005 for Mindscan).

In total, Rob has authored over 18 science-fiction novels and won forty-one national and international awards for his fiction, including a record-setting ten Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards (“Auroras”) and the Toronto Public Library Celebrates Reading Award, one of Canada’s most significant literary honors. In 2008, he received his tenth Hugo Award nomination for his novel Rollback.

His novels have been translated into 14 languages. They are top-ten national mainstream bestsellers in Canada and have hit number one on the Locus bestsellers’ list.

Born in Ottawa in 1960, Rob grew up in Toronto and now lives in Mississauga (just west of Toronto), with poet Carolyn Clink, his wife of twenty-four years.

He was the first science-fiction writer to have a website, and that site now contains more than one million words of material.

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WWW Watch WWW Trilogy Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
MichaelTravisJasper More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed this trilogy of books. It is the story of an artificial intelligence spontaneously emerging on the internet. A new lifeform is suddenly born. Because this entity is discovered by a teenage girl, aspects of these books can have the feeling of "young-adult" or "teen-lit." However, that does not interfere with the level of entertainment these stories provide. There is a great deal of science and philosophy presented here, as well as much information about the internet and its history. These novels are thought-provoking. Be sure to read Wake, Watch, and Wonder in the proper order. You will have a good time. Michael Travis Jasper, author of the novel "To Be Chosen"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
another great book in the series
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pagemage More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! I read the first two of this series back-to-back and would have gone into the third but I don't have it - maybe it isn't available yet? When it is, I will get it. Great books!
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mac40k More than 1 year ago
I have been anxiously awaiting this book since reading the first book in the series. While I found the first one a bit slow, it eventually hooked me and I was really looking forward to what happened next. Picking up right where the first one left off, the main action centers around a US government agency becoming aware of Webmind and deciding they need to get rid of it. Our formerly blind protagonist and her family must now try to prevent that from happening. Along the way, Caitlin turns 16 and gets a boyfriend. While this is a distraction from the main plot, the budding young romance does help make the character more real. We see more of the chimp Hobo and that storyline finally intersects the main plot. I have to believe that more is yet to come in the 3rd book however. This one seems to move at much brisker pace than the first. Of course it doesn't hurt that this time around, we're already familiar with most of the cast and so we're not wasting any time getting to know them. I literally had a hard time putting this one down and finished it in just a couple of days. Now I just have to endure the long wait for the third and final book in the series to see how it all turns out.
Chesed More than 1 year ago
The stories that we read define our expectations and in many ways our reality also. Stories like this one remind us to choose which stories we identify with and the type of world we create as a result.
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