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Freedom (TM) Hardcover – January 7, 2010

4.4 out of 5 stars 474 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Daemon Series

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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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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

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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: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (474 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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After reading both Daemon (book 1) and Freedom (book 2) I'm more convinced than ever that this a) should have been a single book, and b) should have been edited much more critically.

Freedom starts more or less where Daemon ended, and in some ways solves some of the insanely glaring problems of Daemon. In the first book there was no one to root for - the "good guys" were all mind-numbingly stupid, and the "bad guys" were murderous psychopaths. The only character who escaped either of these characterizations was double/triple agent, the completely bland "Jon Ross", and he was only notable for being completely neutral and dull, and therefore the only character you didn't dislike by the end of the book because he didn't really do anything.

The sole female character from Daemon, who was first introduced as an intelligent woman but was quickly debased with stupidity, mooney eyed romance and bad judgment, was re-introduced in the sequel as a love-struck idiot who runs from high-powered, life or death, top-secret government meetings to weep in a bathroom stall in romantic angst over a man she barely knows. Her character stays that way for the remainder of the book.

The rest of the characters were reintroduced as slightly different characters than we left them in Book 1, apparently from a severe course correction by the author who may have realized that there was no point to a Book 2 if the readers didn't care who lived or died.
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