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Flashforward - Robert J. Sawyer
Title: Flashforward
Author: Robert J. Sawyer
Genre: Sci-fi
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 319
Date read: December, 2009

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.

Fascinating premise, and I thought it was quite well written too for the most part. It did get a bit too technical at times though - even for me - and I don't know enough physics to know whether or not what Robert Sawyer went on about was even correct.

I found it very interesting that the book was written in 1999, took place in 2009 and flashed forward to 2030 - not the least because of some of the tidbits of information given about the future - this one quote in particular: "There will be another huge stock market crash; those who know what year it will take place are apparently keeping that information to themselves." Amazing insight into the future, or just a firm belief that history repeats? You decide.

The ending was quite a let-down though. It seemed as if Robert Sawyer was determined to outdo himself, and ended up going so far that it just became ridiculous.

So the 4 stars are for the first 250 pages. The last 50 only deserve 3 at most.

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