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
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.
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.
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
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.
this is one of the best damn scifi books i've ever read. so relevant.
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.
I had to buy this book the second I finished Daemon. I could read books like this everyday.
Sci Fi by only a smidgen; so believable that you look around to make sure it's not already happening. AMAZING
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
The premise and execution are decidedly aimed at a much younger demographic but this story grabbed my attention and kept me listening through both books with rapt anticipation. Ruthless and rather horrific it still seemed quite necessary in the war that has to come to wrest the world away from the unscrupulous powers that be.
The seed purveyors that plague the honest farmers are typical of the misuse of the power of patents and a certain amount of violence will be required to overthrow their power. It's but a small part of the story but it kept things in perspective. The uniting of young people in a game type environment to change a corrupt world is a marvelous idea well executed even if the devices used are murderous. In the end it takes an evil to overcome institutionalized evil and then that evil is stripped of power by the people. Wonderful.
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