WWW: Wonder by Robert J. Sawyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ah, the last book in this trilogy had a lot to live up to and it succeeded for the most part.
What can (or should) you do for an intelligent entity living in the World Wide Web who has been outed across the world? Take over? Declare peace? Be hunted, or be the hunter?
It is the Prisoner's Dilemma writ large with many iterations. And does Sawyer pull it off? A worldwide revolution?
Yes. But again, for the most part.
What's my complaint?
Yeah, well, that's my problem. Sawyer's political leanings and outlook is too close to my own to judge this as anything other than a "oh, wow, I really appreciate this" setup.
Do I believe in win/win scenarios and deep optimism? Yes. Do I believe in rational behavior, strong methods to bring about the best good for the most people? Yes. So I believe in mercy and understanding? Yes.
And that's kinda the thing. This novel is SO DAMN OPTIMISTIC and joyful to read, with all the conflicts arriving from the outside rather than from within, that I felt like I was reading a wish-fulfillment fantasy.
Come on. Who here hasn't wished for some near-omnipotent being to come down to earth, kick the evildoers in their seat, and give the rest of us a means to take the power into our own hands?
Yeah, that's what I thought. :)
But then, look here at the title of this book. If that doesn't give it all away, I don't know what will.
And I REALLY DID ENJOY it. A lot. :)
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