Monday, May 30, 2016

WWW: Watch

WWW: Watch is book 2 in a science fiction trilogy by Robert J. Sawyer. I've read the first one, and they should be read in order. I liked the first one, and I enjoyed this one even more, but the experience doesn't motivate me to seek out the third book. So many books, so little time, and all that. There are just so many books out there I haven't read, I'm thinking that book 3 of this series will never make it to the top of my list. I'm sure it'd be different if these had been available to me in my youth, but that ship had long sailed by the time of this book's publication in 2010. I find it hard to give a good sense of a book I enjoyed well enough but not well enough to consider finishing the series. It's a good book. But I'm moving on.

from the back of the book:
Blind from birth, Caitlin Decter received the gift of sight with the aid of a signal-processing retinal implant. The technology also gave her an unexpected side effect —the ability to "see" the digital data streams of the World Wide Web. And within the Web, she perceived an extraordinary presence, and woke it up.

It calls itself Webmind. It is an emerging consciousness that has befriended Caitlin and has grown eager to learn about her world. But Webmind has also come to the attention of WATCH —the secret United States government agency that monitors the Internet for any potential threats.

WATCH is convinced that Webmind represents a risk to national security and wants it purged from cyberspace. But Caitlin believes in Webmind's capacity for compassion —and she will do anything and everything necessary to protect her friend...
SF Signal calls it "A helluva fun read and an excellent science fiction book." SF Site gives a glowing review.

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