Divergence

Divergence After a tumultuous beginning mid rd century Earth now peacefully operates under the constant surveillance of the Watcher an all seeing AI who has seized control of the planet and of the minds and

  • Title: Divergence
  • Author: Tony Ballantyne
  • ISBN: 9780553589306
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Paperback
  • After a tumultuous beginning, mid 23rd century Earth now peacefully operates under the constant surveillance of the Watcher, an all seeing AI who has seized control of the planet and of the minds and bodies of its people But is the radical evolution that the Watcher has in mind a step forward or the beginning of a mighty split that will cast aside everything that truly maAfter a tumultuous beginning, mid 23rd century Earth now peacefully operates under the constant surveillance of the Watcher, an all seeing AI who has seized control of the planet and of the minds and bodies of its people But is the radical evolution that the Watcher has in mind a step forward or the beginning of a mighty split that will cast aside everything that truly makes us human It is 2252, and Judy is traveling on a passenger ship in deep space when disaster strikes Almost too conveniently, strange machines appear onboard just in time to help They are owned by DIANA, a commercial organization headquartered on Earth But as the machines arrange for the humans to be taken to safety, Judy is held back They have detected something in her genetic code something shocking Judy is not human And she too is the property of DIANA.Now Judy must return to Earth to find out what DIANA expects of her how she was grown and why she was destined to destroy the Watcher But is this Judy even the same person And does the new Judy have a reason to destroy or is she just a pawn in someone else s murderous game

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    1. 4/5 stars.Although still very good, this final book in his Recursion trilogy was a little disappointing when compared against the earlier books. It did not have the same sweeping scope; the multiple POVs, so typical of this trilogy, were this time pretty much confined to one single story thread; switching between different members of the crew of a small trading spaceship. Also the generally very good hard science aspects of the SF were a little weaker this time around.That said I did like the id [...]

    2. 6/6/12 Divergence, Tony Ballantyne, 2007. It started slowly with too many characters, but then zoomed off into the depths of the story with all its philosophical issues and amazing details. The ending, as was to be expected, verged on the psychedelic symbolic images of 2001 the movie, but did not go over that abyss. Too many great ideas were contained in the processing space of this trilogy to mention them all but a few of my favorites were: “ so what if your mind is a TM? You are greater than [...]

    3. It kept me reading, but that was about it. The plot is fragmented and parts of it don't make sense. Sloppy editing makes the problem worse – words missing from sentences, passages apparently missing from the text (since critical information needed to make sense of what is there seems to have been left out). The characters are unsympathetic and their behaviour and thoughts puerile. A lot of therapy-speak is involved.The laws of physics are repeatedly violated during the action, without so much [...]

    4. The final book in his trilogy concerning AIs, sentience and humanity, this is also the weakest book. Generations ago, an AI named The Watcher developed and set itself up as the caretaker of humanity. Under its ever-watchful gaze, all thinking beings, digital, robotic or atomic, are petted and cared for. Social Care watches over everyone, making sure no one is too depressed or lonely, ensuring that even the smallest urges toward violence or self-destruction are turned to more positive impulses. B [...]

    5. Poor, with flights of genius. But mostly poor.This book is the last in a loose-knit trilogy, although each book stands alone. I read the second book and moved onto the third. Frankly, I wish I hadn't.The philosophy that this book appears to expound, in a clumsy pedagogical manner, is barely elucidated and, worse, those parts that are elucidated are incoherent and weak. If one categorises this book as a novel, them that is weak plot-making and writing, in that a necessary component of this fictio [...]

    6. I was unaware of the fact that this book was part of a trilogy when I took it out from the library since nowhere on the book does it mention that fact. I can attest to the fact that it is a confusing mess. Whether it is because I missed the background story of the first two books or whether it is just that - a mess, I don't know.Every few chapters Ballantyne seems to want to make some sort of ideological statement about the nature of capitalism, socialism or communism, then completely fails to f [...]

    7. If a book tells you from the start that it is about god-like machine intelligences, can it be criticized for having a deus ex machina ending?It has science that is fictional. It is better than average. The ending was logical but not as exciting as the build up promised.You should read at least one of the preceding two related books (Capacity and Recursion) before reading this one.

    8. A somewhat disappointing end to a fine trilogy. Ballantyne's trilogy was a conceptual one, a story of two separate ideas, only loosely linked by plot and character. When the ideas became too ad-hoc, then the need for strong characters grew greater, and this is where 'Divergence' became unsatisfying.

    9. I struggled through ten chapters before declaring this one of the most boring books I've read in a long time. The premise of an AI controlling all human life could have been a lot more interesting, and I just couldn't get interested enough in the narrative character to wait for the author to get to the point.

    10. The conclusion to the three book series.haven't gotten to the end yet, however, it is shaping up to be a good read.However, I felt that the beginning was kind of slow, having just finished reading capacity and how explosive the ending was.

    11. Conclusion of the Recursion series that requires you to have read the other books in the series. I liked how it continued to build on the themes of the series, but the ending felt a little forced. All in all I'll still re-read this series, but this was my least favorite.

    12. The beginning and middle were great and the end was anti-climatic and boooring. The end gets very philosophical which would have been fine if the whole book was that way.

    13. Silly me, I thought I was starting Divergent! Turned out to be pretty interesting anyway. If you like thought provoking sci-fi this one fits the bill.

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