Here is the propulsive, shockingly plausible sequel to New York Times best seller Daemon.
In one of the most buzzed-about debuts of 2009, Daniel Suarez introduced a terrifying vision of a new world order, controlled by the Daemon, an insidious computer program unleashed by a hi-tech wunderkind, Daemon captured the attention of the tech community, became a New York Times and Indie best seller, and left readers hungry for more. Well, more is here, and it's even more gripping than its predecessor.
In the opening chapters of Freedom, the Daemon is firmly in control, using an expanded network of real-world, dispossessed darknet operatives to tear apart civilization and rebuild it anew. Soon civil war breaks out in the American Midwest, in a brutal wave of violence that becomes known as the Corn Rebellion. Former detective Pete Sebeck, now the Daemon's most powerful - though reluctant - operative, must lead a small band of enlightened humans toward a populist movement designed to protect the new world order. But the private armies of global business are preparing to crush the Daemon once and for all.
In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.
©2010 Penguin; ©2010 Daniel Suarez
I loved, loved this book. I had a really hard time putting it down (pausing it) and found myself coming up with excuses to take road trips. Excellent, terrifying, awesome.
This is a great book hands down. In some places, it is hard to tell it is a fiction book…and that’s the problem. I hope this book inspires all to become more active in our democratic society.
My best self is still ahead .. Just need to read it into existence ..
I'm a software developer and avid geek. This book (along with Daemon) is simply the best novel that I have ever read! It captured my imagination in a way no book did. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
This was a great follow up to the original Daemon. Daniel Suarez has created an amazing digital world to become engrossed in. I was sad to see it end and am hopeful that more books are coming to continue the 'D' space thread.
Freedom has to be judged as a sequel to Daemon. It's extremely disappointing in this regard. If it didn't continue the story and characters from Daemon I would have rated it lower.
Daemon was a page turning techno thriller. It was an awesome book with a great story. Highly recommended. Freedom shifts gears and tries to become an alternate / dystopian novel. It seems Suarez was trying to go where Stephenson went with Snow Crash or various Gibson inspired universes. Those novels were much more entertaining.
The characters in Freedom aren't well developed. The most interesting characters are the ones you're supposed to hate. Loki, the Major, Boerner yet they are one dimensional. Little explanation is given as to why they do what they do. Possible exception is Loki.
The "good guys": Sebeck, Ross, Merritt and Philips are equally boring and one dimensional. Aside from Ross you don't really feel like rooting for any of them. And Ross turns into a complete sidekick character, only showing up to move the plot along.
I think Suarez is a good story teller, but he isn't a good writer yet. The writing is somewhat lifeless. The relationship arc between Philips and Ross is weak and cringe worthy.
The plot of Freedom is also hard to accept. It's like a delusional fantasy in which WoW becomes real life. Suddenly evil corporations now raise armies and terrorize the populace? Where is the US Government or Armed Forces in all of this? The CIA, FBI, NSA, DOJ ? They are all in the book but only to move the plot along. It is hard to believe the government, without a plausible explanation, would let the events that happen take place.
It is a shame Daemon stops on a cliffhanger. It is a much better book. I found myself struggling to finish Freedom, only hanging in there to finish the characters arcs. The main story loses interest and focus 3-4 hours into the novel.
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