Saturday, December 15, 2012
www.watch by Robert Sawyer
Anyway. In wake, 15-year-old Caitlin Morgan, who has been blind since birth, is given the chance of sight in one eye, through some pretty cutting-edge technology. She agrees to the procedure, but discovers that something else has woken up along the way.
That something else is Webmind, as Caitlin calls him. It's like a consciousness of the world wide web, seeing the world through Caitlin's eyes.
In www.watch, the US Government has become aware of Webmind's existence, and begins working to try and shut it down.
Caitlin and her parents, however, have very different ideas.
One of the things I really love about this series is Caitlin herself. She's sixteen in book two, and in a lot of ways she's a fairly typical teenager. She worries about boys, and her friends, and school ... but Caitlin is also ridiculously smart, and like her father, a maths genius. She is both no ordinary teenager, and at the same time the most ordinary teenager.
I also like the fact that she knows when she's in over her head with Webmind and when it's time to call in the heavy artillery - in this case, mum and dad.
As the government struggles with Webmind, and as Webmind himself is subjected to identity crises, Caitlin and her parents try to come to terms with this brave, scary new world.