This book was not terrible but it seemed like it was written by/for IT professionals (and I am one). The tech is deeply fetishised, sometimes this is interesting like when discussing hacking etc in a semi-realistic way but other times it is just name-dropping brand names of watches and cars. I think I learned more about the characters accessories than their feelings. It holds together mostly on a smaller scale but as the plot widens it goes off the rails a bit in believability and in the characters ability to carry it.
Oh, and there are two girls in it that I can recall, one is a bitch and the other is a two dimensional love interest who gets rescued despite at least giving her an interesting job.
I dunno, maybe I expected a good sci-fi novel and got a 'techo-thriller' instead.
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
The premise and execution are decidedly aimed at a much younger demographic but this story grabbed my attention and kept me listening through both books with rapt anticipation. Ruthless and rather horrific it still seemed quite necessary in the war that has to come to wrest the world away from the unscrupulous powers that be.
The seed purveyors that plague the honest farmers are typical of the misuse of the power of patents and a certain amount of violence will be required to overthrow their power. It's but a small part of the story but it kept things in perspective. The uniting of young people in a game type environment to change a corrupt world is a marvelous idea well executed even if the devices used are murderous. In the end it takes an evil to overcome institutionalized evil and then that evil is stripped of power by the people. Wonderful.
It started out as a real story about real people. It ended up with video game action and cardboard people. I ended up at high speed play just to get through the book. It does not inspire me to read the sequel. Narration is top notch.
These days I enjoy mostly SciFi and Techno Thrillers.
I enjoyed the book at the beginning. But for me, it just seemed to die out and was no longer a fun listen. I can't really pin down just one thing that went wrong. But I really was hoping I'd enjoy this book, but at the end I didn't.
I love mystery and thriller genre books. I am a complete Audible addict!
Frankly, I was bored. I had high hopes based on the description, but this story just was not for me. The concept is good and I think that it had a lot of potential. I wish it lived up to that potential.
Honestly, pretty much everything. The narration was terrible. It sounded like Shaggy from "Scooby-Doo" was telling the story. Story was shallow and weak. I rarely stop listening to an audiobook before completion, but I just couldn't finish this one. Not sure what all of the good reviews are about. To each his own, I guess.
Other books in this genre? No. Other books by this author? Yes.
No thank you.
None that I can see.
An entirely different writer, say one that had matured beyond 8th grade story writing.
Not even if Mr. Suarez himself paid me to.
I think Mr. Gurner was against a wall... trying to do a good performance of a ridiculous script.
Well, the Daemon was pretty awful, but then the story would have to be titled, "A Bunch of Thin Characters with Poorly Written Dialog and Faux-Edgy Absurdity".
I'll join the chorus and say that I bought this because of Leo Laporte's glowing recommendation. I first started listening to this last year when it came out and quickly lost interest. But, because of a recent podcast and Leo's continuing admiration, I thought that I had missed something and probably just needed to dive in a little more. Not so. There are four or five moments where I was honestly embarrassed that I was listening to this drivel and hoped that no one would walk in and hear it.
In addition to the completely unnecessary and look-at-how-smart-I-am "technical" spooge, comes an inane, obsessive focus on race and an adolescent attempt at including every race just to get a better grade from the teacher. Honestly, I can't believe this made it to print/audio. I had to laugh when new situations where something technical was happening arose. Suarez is obviously so impressed at his own technical knowledge that explanations are overly complicated recitations, seemingly straight from Websters.
Finally, if you are a parent, DO NOT let your children read this book. Beside it being a ridiculous waste of time, it is also depraved and has the worst, pornographic scene - involving a drugged, underage girl and a group of men at a rave - that I have ever encountered in a book. It is such an unnecessary attempt at being edgy that it pisses me off.
For a better read, pick ANYTHING written by ANY adolescent with an IQ over 75... Ever. Seriously. This is just awful.
I have been on audible for a few months. I have downloaded over 6 books and this one is simply a great book. The narrator is awesome, making characters distinguishable fron one another, and Daniel Suarez backs it up with a great techno-thrilling plot. The plot gets to be a stretch, but let your mind go, and you'll enjoy it. I highly recommend it to those that are geeky gamers, to tech heads.
If you are into computers, have a good technical background, love science fiction, and still watch the movie Hackers from time to time, you will enjoy this audio book. This would be a great movie but would it would suck if it was made on a cheap budget. Well done Daniel Suarez. I will look forward to future books by you. Do I see a sequel in the future?