Saturday 11 February 2012

Book ~ "Flashforward" (1999) - Robert J. Sawyer

From Amazon ~ What would you do if you got a glimpse of your own personal future and it looked bleak? Try to change things, or accept that the future is unchangeable and make the best of it? In Flashforward, Nobel-hungry physicists conducting an unimaginably high-energy experiment accidentally induce a global consciousness shift. In an instant, everyone on Earth is "flashed forward" 21 years, experiencing several minutes of the future. But while everyone is, literally, out of their minds, their bodies drop unconscious; when the world reawakens, car wrecks, botched surgeries, falls, and other mishaps add up to massive death and destruction.

Slowly, as recovery efforts continue, people realize that during the Flashforward (as it comes to be called) they experienced a vision of the future. The range of visions is astounding--those who would be asleep in the future saw psychedelic dream landscapes, while others saw nothing at all (presumably they'd be dead). But those who saw everyday life 20 years hence have to come to grips with evidence of dreams forsaken (or realized). Soon, the physicists who caused the Flashforward are struggling to help the world decide whether the future is changeable--and whether the experiment is worth repeating.

Gord had read this book recently and recommended it. I'd read Mindscan by Sawyer a few years ago and enjoyed it. I enjoy time travel stories and murder mysteries, and this promised both.

It has an interesting premise. The entire world stops suddenly ... as a consequence, many die in accidents (planes, trains and cars crash, people fall down stairs, etc.). For many who survive, they get to see 2.5 minutes of their life 21 years in the future. If you see some psychedelic, it meant you were sleeping at that time in the future. If you don't see anything, well, it meant you were dead.

I found this book boring. Its very science fictiony so a lot of stuff when over my head. Plus I found the writing draggy so found myself skipping ahead a lot. I found the characters cold and didn't really care about them. I thought the ending was silly.

1 comment:

tamdoll said...

Wow. When I first started reading your review, I thought it sounded interesting and that I'd want to read it... but then you said you didn't like it and the ending was silly ... so I'm not going to bother now! Reminded me of Replay by Ken Grimwood which I remember enjoying when I read it long ago.