This book is the conclusion to Daniel Suarez's Daemon. He really delivers with this book, bringing the story to a resounding conclusion. While fictional, this story spins a tale about the fast paced development of technology, the rise of the corporation and the decline of the nation-state and its potential outcome which feels very realistic. Matthew Sobel, a dead technological genius, initiated the events that have unfolded through the course of Suarez's two books. While he's the original bad guy, in Freedom it becomes apparent that he's not the only one and in fact, he may not have been a bad guy at all.
Suarez expertly weaves multiple threads of the story together, keeping you on the edge of your seat, and bringing it all together in the end. The main narrator does a great job with both books. I like that they have female voice for the "news" statements.
Having read the first book I decided to plunge into the second one immediately. I’m glad I did because I wasn't disappointed. I also don’t have to try to remember all the events from the first book that led to the second book. The storyline picks up right where it left off. We continue to see the government blind and not seeing what the special interest groups are doing. We corporations doing all they can to remain in power. We see sheep-people being let by special interest and corporations to their new ‘enslavement.’ This book really continues to pull the covers off what most people don’t even want to consider possible. This moves from a tech angle to relating to what is really happening around the world. It is sad that if you combine this book with ‘Aftershocks (2nd edition)’ you get a clear pictures. How did two authors reach the same conclusion? Wait! It’s more than two. Read the book and watch the news to see the parallels. Remember: “If you’re not playing the game, then the game is playing you!”
As with Daemon, the choice of Jeff Gurner to narrate this book is perfect, and the production value is wonderful. That and once again the technology used in this story is so believable because it's all real and possible today!
When listening to Jeff read this book, I can see the characters just as surely as I was watching them in a movie (which needs to happen by the way...come on hollywood!!). Jeff is a talented actor and really brings this story to life much much better than my own imagination could when reading to myself.
There were many things in this story that I long to happen in real life. How amazing would it be to be able to build a fully functional world wide darknet that exists within but totally independent of surrounding society? How Utopian would it be to have communities working towards the common good using clean energy and building fully functional independent "holen's"? In so may ways on so many levels, I see in this story the world I would love to live in. Too bad I probably won't see it come to pass in my lifetime.
In replacing our modern way of life and creating a new way of life for people on the darknet, there are natural political tensions that are brought up in this book. The author does a good job not being preachy, but does show that there are many better ways for a society to live and sustain itself other than the corrupted ways we live dictated by money grubbing corporations.
I would definitively recommend this book to anyone, not just my friends. This book is a very well thought out, make you think, story. It creates a world just like ours and plays out what would happen if a new world was presented before us.
Very difficult, with so many people and places, I would have to say the last time Seabeck meets with Sobel. I knew what he would say, but just shows how crazy and ingenious Sobel was.
One of the best performances I have heard. He does an outstanding job and will be looking for more audio books he has read.
I wanted to...but it was just too tough, a long audio book but couldn't wait to get back to it.
This might be my favorite book of all time! I love the premise and the story was wonderfully presented to me.
Found it to be a really well thought out story and even thought provoking at certain points.
Would highly recommend it to anyone who even remotely enjoys the genre
One of the best fictional pieces that I have ever listened to. Very compelling from start to finish. I was actually hoping for a third book so that my questions about the future in this near-believable story would be answered.
Great character development along with many character switches within the story really make this book dynamic.
Any scene with Loki or the Major were very cool. They are such sinister characters in their own way, you love to hate them.
There was one scene that made my insides turn because the description was so vividly gory. I literally turned green for a minute.
I accidentally started with this book as my iPod has them arranged in alphabetical order. So I am now listening to the first book, Daemon, which is playing out quite like a Tarantino movie. This is turning into a very cool experience as I am now getting the full insight into the characters and story as they were developed by the author.
It’s more of a continuation of “Daemon” than a sequel because you can't read it without the first one. Gets a little deeper into its critique of corporate America as average people come together to become self-sufficient with the help of the computer program (virus?) known as the Daemon. Non-stop action again, this time a little less interesting because we already know all of the gadgets in play. Still no character development and never two women speaking to each other despite many opportunities, and only white men in charge of everybody else. Still, the ideas are interesting and the book worthwhile.
The voice acting made what could have been one-dimensional characters come to life.
The exploration of the effects of a true communal state in our modern technological world was intriguing. I am not sure that I agree with the authors inherent belief in the goodness of people to work together, but as an intellectual exercise it was entertaining.
Jeff Gurners ability to take standard trope characters and add depth to them was excellent and saved what could have been nothing more than a sci-fi fluff book.
Absolutely, in fact, don't plan to read this without reading Daemon and don't plan to read it without reading the next. The story is wonderful and I couldn't put it down. Who hopes for a longer commute, so you can listen to more.
(Spoiler alert) As the town is saved by ROy
Jeff's reading is key part of the experience. He pulls the reader in and transports you into the story, you don't want to stop.
Few books lead you to keep thinking when will the Major get what's coming and you will at the end...
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
30 seconds after finishing Daemon, the 1st book in this series, I started up this sequel. The first book was that good and this sequel did not disappoint.
I honestly don't think anyone will have to read this review because if they read the 1st book, Daemon, they will get this book. You just can't ignore it after finishing Daemon. The author delivered and big. Both of these books are hard to put down. The one bad thing was that I finished them both in less than 3 days.
I hope Mr Suarez continues this series. The thrilling endings in this book brought very good resolution to many things but left it open ended enough to allow more books.
Lastly, I will add that the author didn't just rehash what was in the 1st book. Sure, there were continuations in the main theme but Mr Suarez added new twists and angles to this story that made the story much better.
In all honestly, I can't think of a single thing I'd change in these two books.