This novel is the second in a two-part series - so no point in wasting time. If you liked the first, then you'll like this as well. Nothing is lost. Daniel Suarez continues to deliver. For more info, refer to my review of 'Daemon', the first book in the complement.
I really enjoyed Daemon and wasn't sure if I would like a sequel as well. Well, I did. In fact I think this book is even better. In Freedom the author fully develops a future that could be. It has a terrible bloody start in Daemon but it is like humanity gets a redo on how we want to live our society. And this is without throwing us back into the stone age as many sci-fi tales do.
I found myself fascinated listening to this book and didn't want to hit the pause button. These are the only books I've heard so far with Jeff Gurner but he is an excellent narrator.
This story ties in so much of our current technology into scenarios that are not far fetched. it really makes you wonder if this could really happen and what side of the line you would be on.
I loved Daemon so much I had to get Freedom. I have recommended this book to my friends and even people I don't know (chatting in the movie line up). I wouldn't have thought I'd have enjoyed it so much as I am a 55+ female who doesn't play video games.
The story was believable, the the twists and turns kept you guessing who was the villain and who could you trust. Fast pace action and the automation described (don't want to give anything away) was fascinating. Great read with a satisfying ending.
It is a common problem in Science Fiction that sequels are not as good as the first because the ability to suspend disbelief of the main out-of-reality components gets stretched thin by extended scrutiny and elaboration. Freedom suffers this fate a bit due to the use of deus ex machina via battle tech and green tech, and its dance on the border of political style conspiracy theories.(mostly leftwing, but he even nods to the black helicopter wingnuts) Both of these problems were foreseeable in Daemon, and Suarez does make some effort to ameliorate them. However, what he really does to make this a 4 star work is to overlay a gripping plot that will not let you go. I finished this in record time for an audiobook, and enjoyed the book tremendously. So while i still like Daemon better, and did not mind the ending at all, this book is a worthy sequel
Love a good mystery, but don't care much for pure thrillers.
When I finished Daemon, I was somewhat dissatisfied with the conclusion, as reflected in my review. I subsequently learned that Mr. Suarez could not find a publisher for Daemon, so published it himself, and it became an internet sensation. That is a perfect example of what that book illustrated; the internet has made a fundamental change in culture as well as business, not all of which is positive. I feel that Freedom was even better than Daemon, less repetitive and even more relevant to the financial crisis of 2008 and its aftermath, including the response of the Obama administration. The story moves along quickly toward a satisfying resolution, although the question Sobel posed near the end isn't really one that needs to be answered "yes" or "no." The writing is excellent, although the author seems less comfortable handling romantic situations and conversations than when describing technology or creating action scenes.
The narration is outstanding, and having a woman reading the headlines is a bonus. I felt the length was better matched to the subject matter than in Daemon, which seemed a bit too drawn out. I noticed that, in written form, Freedom was only 50 pages shorter than Daemon, a difference of a bit more than 10%, yet the audible version was more than 4 hours shorter, about 25% less. I didn't investigate why that is; probably the result of a different typesetting in print form.
This was a good follow up to Daemon. I didn't think the book would head in the direction that it did but I applaud Suarez for it. Unfortunately I think Suarez missed a chance to make this a trilogy. There was so much societal development that he could have played on that more. I didn't think this was as good as Daemon but he brought it to a satisfactory conclusion.
The book moves quickly. There are a couple surprises.
The Loki based parts were the most intriguing. I also liked anything with Ross or Sebeck.
I had to buy this book the second I finished Daemon. I could read books like this everyday.