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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; First Edition edition (January 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525951571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525951575
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (290 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Bestseller Suarez's sequel to Daemon (2009), in which the late, mad-genius game designer Matthew Sobol launched a cyber war on humanity, surpasses its smart, exciting predecessor. This concluding volume crackles with electrifying action scenes and bristles with intriguing ideas about a frightening, near-future world. Sobol's bots continue to roam the Internet, inciting mayhem and siphoning money from worldwide, interconnected megacorporations out to seize control of national governments and enslave the populace. FBI special agent Roy Merritt is dead, but still manages to make a dramatic comeback, while detective Pete Sebeck, thought to be executed in Daemon, rises from the supposed grave to lead the fight against the corporations. What the trademark letters affixed to the title signify is anyone's guess. Those who haven't read Daemon should read it first. The two books combined form the cyberthriller against which all others will be measured. (Jan.)
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From Booklist

Picking up a few months after the end of Daemon (2009), Suarez continues his popular technothriller and SF saga. The computer program Daemon has taken over the Internet, and millions have joined its virtual world. Now the effect is spilling into the real world as Daemon assumes control of financial institutions, and the program’s real-life converts flock to small towns to re-create a sustainable lifestyle amid the agribusiness monoculture of the Midwest. Despite a slow start, Freedom picks up speed by the second half with Daemon’s supporters and detractors facing off for the control of civilization. Only readers who have also read Daemon will be fully able to enjoy and understand Freedom, as most of the characters and plot elements are drawn directly from the previous story, and only so much backstory is possible, given the elaborate premise. On the other hand, Daemon fans will be well be pleased with the exciting conclusion, as will anyone who enjoys lots of gaming elements and virtual worlds in their science fiction. --Jessica Moyer

More About the Author

DANIEL SUAREZ is the author of the New York Times bestseller Daemon, Freedom™, Kill Decision, and Influx. A former systems consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, he has designed and developed software for the defense, finance, and entertainment industries. With a lifelong interest in both IT systems and creative writing, his high-tech and Sci-Fi thrillers focus on technology-driven change. Suarez is a past speaker at TED Global, MIT Media Lab, NASA Ames, the Long Now Foundation, and the headquarters of Google, Microsoft, and Amazon -- among many others. Self-taught in software development, he is a graduate from University of Delaware with a BA in English Literature. An avid PC and console gamer, his own world-building skills were bolstered through years as a pen & paper role-playing game moderator. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Customer Reviews

Daniel Suarez sequel The Freedom was incredible continuation of his first book The Daemon.
Between DAEMON and FREEDOM, they're book that while I was reading them I'm thinking to myself that all of this is something that I can truly see happening.
The characters are interesting and well developed ,and the story is fast paced, fun, and full of action.
Olan Loy Knight Jr.

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By K. Sampanthar on January 12, 2010
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Freedom is Daniel Suarez's follow up to his 2008/2009 surprise best seller, Daemon. Last year I was blown away by Daemon. Suarez managed to write a compelling thriller around some big ideas. I have been a huge fan of Michael Crichton for years but I always felt his characterizations were weak and the big ideas were shoe horned into a thriller plot. Suarez stays true to the big idea and manages to weave a realistic plot with fully fleshed out characters and situations. This isn't some made-for-movie screenplay, this is a fully realized thriller with deep ideas and a compelling story. I was sucked in from the first page and devoured the first book and left gasping at the end for the follow up. Freedom, just released, doesn't disappoint (except maybe I was hoping for a trilogy). Freedom is a different kind of book to Daemon, the plot continuation is smooth, but the atmosphere of Freedom is very different. While Daemon was a techno thriller, Freedom morphs into a hero's quest/mythological story. The technological ideas are still there and actually they are fully realized in Freedom. Suarez manages to flesh out the technological vision he alluded to Daemon. The convergence of life and augmented reality are smoothly juxtaposed to provide a glimpse of a near future. Suarez is a technologist and it shows. His use of current technology to create his vision is accurate and realistic. He explores the implications of social network theory, augmented reality, game design and ad-hoc network topologies to form a backdrop for a dystopian future. Even his underlying message of governments gone amuck are well researched and realistic; if a little paranoid.Read more ›
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The sequel (or more correctly "conclusion") to Daemon is entertaining and exciting, but it has two problems that are very common to sequels, particularly in the sci-fi genre. First, in the process of expanding the scope of the story and showing the consequences of the first story, it loses one of the primary things that made the first book so compelling - the feeling of connection and relatability to the characters. Second, the author moves outside of his area of expertise, and it affects both the believability of the story and the easy flow of the writing.

The Dune saga is a perfect example of the first kind of failure, if that's not too strong of a word. In the original novel Dune, you are personally invested in Paul's story because he is experiencing the same feelings in his situation as you would - being overwhelmed, amazed, excited, repulsed, etc. You create an emotional connection to the character because you recognize in his nature the same things that are in your own. However, by the time you get to the fourth book in the series, God Emperor of Dune, the story has moved to such a level of abstraction and - literally - galactic scope that it becomes difficult to personally care about the outcome.

This book doesn't go to that extreme, but I did end up losing a lot of the emotional connection I had to the first part of the story in Daemon.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Coolfire VINE VOICE on February 7, 2010
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Freedom is an absolutely outstanding book. Having read Daemon I was concerned that perhaps Freedom might be a let down. No way. Freedom maintains the fast, expanding pace and alerts the reader to potential ramifications of very real current trends. The themes of Freedom encompass not only cutting edge technology and its ramifications but society's relationship with the leverage large business entities enjoy over elected governments, the resultant dependencies and the all too real ramifications of such dependencies.

It is interesting to research some of the specific technologies mentioned in Freedom, wondering if each is simply based on the author's imagination, or in fact existing currently. Guess which. Eye-opening indeed.

One helluva lot of research went into this book. I personally did not find anything beyond the realm of reasonable possibility, either technologically or socially. One could consider this work of Suarez, encompassing both Daemon and Freedom, as a wake up call.

For those interested in further understand Suarez's perspective, it is educational to watch a couple of videos of Suarez, one speaking to a set of google teams [...].

and the other to a futuristic vision organization, The Long Now Foundation [...].

Hope the above might assist those considering this book in making their decision.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By M. Minar on January 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in the course of two days while my wife was studying. Having read the first book, and finding myself left wanting at the end, I was anxiously awaiting the conclusion of the Daemon story.

Note: In order to fully enjoy the story, you will be well served in reading the first book.

I found this sequel to be faster paced than the first, information dense and wholly enjoyable. If you are in IT, you will love the technical capabilities explored... if you're not, then you may find yourself in awe of what networked data can do. By the end of the book, I found myself re-impressed by what technology _could_ achieve, and my trepidation for its misuse reinvigorated.
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