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
After reading Daemon by Suarez, I was excited to hear about the sequel. I was looking forward to a continuation of the story. What I wasn't expecting was an evolution of the story.
Daemon was mostly about the machinations of the program, it's operatives and the government efforts against it. Freedom(tm) is about so much more.
With the world established, Suarez is able to flesh out the "Dark Net" - his interpretation of Augmented Reality. And he hits it out of the park. He creates a world so plausible and compelling that I am interested in joining this reality, despite it hanging on the brink of social disorder.
As I said, absolutely fantastic.
A frightening, yet hopeful, look at where technology could take us in the very near future in a very plausible way. Think augmented reality is a fantasy? Look up "google goggles". It's coming.
I recommend reading Daemon first. There's too much back story in Daemon to pass it by. Although Freedom (TM) could stand on it's own, I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much without the character backgrounds that Daemon provided.
Suarez is certainly a geek at heart and the technology he references is extremely well researched. I'm a computer security buff myself, and his use of various network weaknesses and flaws was very well realized.
Daniel Suarez did a fantastic job with his first book Daemon and then the sequel Freedom. Although Freedom does stand by itself, it is a much richer experience if you read Daemon first. You just lose too much of the story if you don't.
A high-energy sequel to Daemon.
I broke my own rules and listened to this in the house - I normally save audiobooks for my commute. Couldn't help myself, this was an addicting story.
I definitely recommend you read Daemon first as the story continues through. I'm in the computer industry and loved the tech jargon. The first book had a little too much of it but they toned it down on this one which turned out to be just right. The storyline kept me interested and the scifi aspect was pretty cool.
No matter where you go, there you are.
I tried to be open minded. As a non-gamer, I came into this hoping these books would contain some insightful analysis of the techno/gamer philosophy (sic) along with a unique look into the future as they see it.
What a DUD! Gamer shallow clap trap, laced with technobabble as filler. I know enough technology to follow these long divergence into hardware and software minutiae and most of it is a gratuitous waste of time. Filler, in other words.
The essentially missing plot gets repaired frequently by simply raising the dead or warping time.
The characters are as transparent and shallow as the fiber optics that connect the endless vignettes that do not quite connect to form a cohesive plot or story line.
I finished the middle book, FreedomTM, barely and that was it for me. I suppose if I was a pre-pubescent disenfranchised teen, I could use it to wrap my two-week old fish of a life, but as far a entertainment and enlightenment, fergetaboutit!
Avid audiobook addict!
The dialogue in this book is excruciatingly bad. The action sequences are sometimes exciting, but more often repetitive and boring. Characters are cartoonish and lacking in anything approaching depth or subtlety. Waste of a credit.
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