WWW: Wonder: Ties up the story nicely

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WWW: Wonder is the third and final book in Robert J. Sawyer’s WWW trilogy. It continues the story of visually challenged Caitlin Decter and the self aware web-based intelligence that she has named Webmind. Caitlin and Webmind struggle to deal with the sudden attention Webmind’s emergence has brought on them all. Caitlin believes that Webmind is a benevolent entity, but the government considers it a threat and wants to eradicate it. There are a couple of other subplots that come to together in WWW: Wonder, but the story mostly revolves around the few key characters.

Similar to the previous books, Wake and Watch, Wonder tackles the philosophical themes of self identity, personal responsibility, and the greater good. The messages Sawyer delivers are positive, and thought provoking. In fact, Robert J. Sawyer’s writing is always thought provoking and he is never shy about providing his own answers to the questions he asks. I like the clarity and honesty in his approach.

Wonder ties up the story nicely. Make sure you’ve read Wake and Watch first since Wonder does not stand alone.

I listened to the CD audio version released by Brilliance Audio, narrated by a team of four voice actors (Jessica Almasy, Jennifer Van Dyck, A.C. Fellner, and Marc Vietor), and even a little by Robert J. Sawyer himself. Each character has their own voice, and it makes for an awesome listening experience. This is one series that should be listened to on audio — I think it’s actually superior to the written one.

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JUSTIN BLAZIER (on FanLit's staff September 2009 – September 2012) Like many fantasy enthusiasts, Justin cut his teeth on Tolkien. Due to lack of space, his small public library would often give him their donated SFF books. Justin lives in a small home near the river with his wife, their baby daughter, and Norman, a mildly smelly dog. He doesn't have much time for reviewing anymore, but he still shows up here occasionally to let us know how he feels about stuff.

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  1. I’ve only read the first book of the series, but it captivated me enough that I definitely want to read the rest. I’m glad to know that it finishes on a strong note.

  2. I’m just in the process of reindag Ann Swinfen’s In Defence of Fantasy which was written a number of years ago and defines all the inherent values of the genre as you have discussed. Thanks for writing such a good article with such great links. As a writer new to the genre since 2008, its enlightening to read how many established Australian fantasy authors there are.

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