For science fiction aficionados, the premise of WWW: Wake by Robert J. Sawyer initially sounds, well, perhaps a bit contrived (even beyond the normal contrivances of science fiction). But keep reading: the protagonist, Caitlin Dector, is a young blind millennial who has never known a world without the Internet, a world she can navigate with ease through the use of assistive technologies. Caitlin becomes the subject of an experimental procedure to restore sight. However, when her vision is "switched on" she does not see the physical world, but an abstract representation of the World Wide Web. While exploring her strange new ability, she discovers a growing intelligence emerging from within the Web . . . see what I mean? My first thought after hearing this description was, "That sounds like the plot of a bad 90s Outer Limits episode." After cracking the book open however, I found WWW: Wake tells a fascinating story, blending the best of both science fiction and hard science as well as cyberculture, blind culture, information theory, epidemiology, world politics, family dynamics, pedagogical theory, teenage culture, and probably a few other things I'm not thinking of. All of that in one book. And it's really, really good.
Hi everyone ...the newly reworked Lit Bistro is in full swing for the Fall. Our first meeting was in September...but don't worry if you missed that one because there is plenty of room for everyone.
What is Lit Bistro???? I'm glad you asked...Lit Bistro is a fusion of 2 other programs...Book Chat and Lit Bistro.
There is no assigned reading. It is a group of teens who meet once a month and talk about any books they want to...that is it.
Here are some other books that I think you may like:
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown.
World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss
research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a
murdered physicist. (This story was written before/takes place before
The Da Vinci Code).
Tamar : A Novel of Espionage, Passion, and Betrayal by Mal Peet.