Freedom

Freedom

A Novel

Book - 2010
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The propulsive, shockingly plausible sequel to "New York Times" bestseller "Daemon, Freedom" features a world of rapidly diminishing human power, where what's at stake is nothing less than humanity's survival.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2010.
ISBN: 9780525951575
0525951571
Characteristics: 406 p. ; 24 cm.

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One part military thriller, two parts building a new society, one part traditional role-playing game and one hundred parts fascinating. It is a little less surprising than the first installment, but it keeps the thrills coming as it forecasts a possible force for change in a world that seems to be stagnating into a new world aristocracy.

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manuelte
May 19, 2014

The concepts behind the book are well thought and make for a very interesting read and thought process. The antagonist shift from the Daemon to the Corporate culture made sense in the overall scheme of things, but I couldn't help but think this book wasn't completely thought out at the time Daemon was written, causing some uncomfortable trade offs ("You killed thousands of persons worldwide in the first book, including someone I was in love with, and I am no longer legally alive, but sure! I'll help you because the end you are hoping for justifies the means" - Every major character in Freedom TM)

It is an enjoyable read and it presents a fascinating world that could very well become a reality.

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Evans D Tucker
Jan 15, 2013

I want to live in this world! If Ben Friggin' Shumway ever reads Daemon, I highly recommend that he read this one as well. It's a great sequel and it further extrapolates the mind-blowing ideas from the first book.

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jason2009
Dec 14, 2011

Very good and compelling story.

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CamelCulture
May 30, 2011

Looking forward to the movies coming out.. I read Freedom first, and now I'm reading Daemon, = mega-flash back!! lol..

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Olympia
May 29, 2010

A satisfying conclusion to his 'Daemon' book.

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FredC
Feb 08, 2010

Before reading this book, you MUST start with Suarez's first book Daemon (my FredC review at http://bibliocommons.biblioottawalibrary.ca/item/show/1412396014_daemon ), otherwise you will feel like a goldfish getting flushed to its watery doom. This is the sequel to the hellish end of its predecessor.

The story is fundamentally a hero's quest, a quest for justifying one simple fact, for you armchair warriors enveloped in your cozy Snuggies, that is to determine the viability of freedom for humanity. And, as most heroes, he is as reluctant as a patient to undergo a root canal and without anaesthesia. But, his mission is unilateral. Without revealing the plot of Daemon, he must undertake it or face a worse consequence. As common as the theme may sound, said hero must deal with a cybernetic intelligence developed by an evil mind, who not only is as dead as a doornail, but has infused his master scheme and paralleled it from the artificial intelligence of an online gaming engine. Yes, an online gaming engine. Yet, this is no geek-kid story and trek, it's thoughtful and thought-provoking and spans all ages.

In the ensuing story, the various characters that were fleshed out in Daemon, come out to re-emerge as evil-do-gooders and as kind-evil-do'ers. Throw in a conniving Nazi Oberstleutnant SS officer (they're still sort of alive, and really, what's a story about evil without a Nazi in it, "..mankind needs evil...without evil, there can be no good."), a rogue operative, and his unrelenting nemesis, to round out the faction.

Does this sound absolutely preposterous? Not so, and fear not, the ride is bumpy and messy, it will raise questions about our own society's direction, fate and diffusion of power to the very few. As the reluctant hero finds out, the decision to justify the freedom of humanity is complex and ponderous. Be surprised at your own decision from where Daemon left you dangling.

Reading this book in as few sittings as possible will be one looming hazard you will most assuredly encounter. Waiting patiently for Daniel Suarez to write another, will be the second

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airguru
Jan 02, 2010

I really can't wait until this comes out. I may have to go buy it instead if it takes the library too long to put it on the shelf!

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May 30, 2012

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