I often hear that cyberpunk is dead. Hell, I've been hearing that for almost 20 years. I say it is not dead, but it has evolved. Today's cyberpunk is far less speculative and more grounded in what really is possible.
Suarez's books (Daemon, Freedom, & Kill Decision) are great examples of this new age of cyberpunk.
I really enjoyed this book from the start. It's a pretty formulaic plot, but with a fun techno twist. The reason it's 4 stars instead of 5 is due to the ending (or lack thereof). The book seems to be building to some epic conclusion, but instead unravels in a string of far-fetched action sequences. Still, the previous two acts more than make up for this.
The narrator is one of the better ones I've experienced so far. He gets a little carried away with some of the voices, but does a great job bouncing between characters during conversation.
I really enjoyed the book, without giving anything away, it takes you on a wild ride and shows you just how disturbing the Internet age can be. it's a bit more serious than ready player one, but I think fans of that book would enjoy this one.
Not expected outcome.
The characters were diverse and the technological foundations on which the story is based are sound.
Jeff Gurner's narration is easy to follow. His different voices are subtle but discernible which made the listening experience just about perfect.
At first, I thought the story would be interesting and fun if predictable. It was interesting and fun, but it was NOT predictable.
The end will have you wanting to listen/read to the follow-up novel, Freedom (TM), which is also outstanding.
If you are remotely into technology, this book is for you. This book is fiction, but the author uses terminology and technology currently available to create a plausible scenario that easily parallels the world we live in today. The book starts out a bit choppy, but once you get through the first chapter it levels out and you start to follow it easy, right to the end in that leaves you wanting more and more. Cannot wait to read the sequel.
I have been waiting to listen to this book for years; it was previously unavailable for my region. I wasn't disappointed. Daniel Suarez masters science fiction.
Sometimes I wonder whether his descriptions of technology are too specific, (e.g., cat5 cables etc), but at least it doesn't sound ridiculous. And I love the little bits of personality he puts in as he describes characters thoughts in tense situations.
I guess I'd better listen to the next one!