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
It's a great sequel to Daemon which peaked the curiosity to the max. As with any great first book the credit goes to the original so Daemon is the better book by any means but its incomplete and you have to listen to Freedon to get to the end and its a fun ride too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fans of Daemon are sure to love Freedom TM. Daemon left me wanting more - knowing there was more to that story, that there had to be more to that story. Freedom TM doesn't disappoint - the technological advances that are mentioned are often adaptations or just incredibly expensive versions of existing technology. An excellent read - if you liked Daemon - you must read Freedom TM!
I cant say this story would be for everyone as the plot of the story ties in a lot of technology which some people may not enjoy but even for people not fully caught up in technology would still be able to follow the story.
For anyone that has a tickle for technology this is a must read. The book is like roller coaster taking you up and down and all over never to be left bored. I now consider this one of my top 5 books and will listen again. Just wish it was a trilogy!
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