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Freedom™ [Reading] ➸ Freedom™ By Daniel Suarez – Thomashillier.co.uk The propulsive, shockingly plausible sequel to New York Times bestseller Daemon, the Greatest Technothriller Period*
*William O'Brien, former director of cybersecurity and communications systems p The propulsive, shockingly plausible sequel to New York Times bestseller Daemon, the Greatest Technothriller Period**William O'Brien, former director of cybersecurity and communications systems policy at the White House saw one of the most inventive technothriller debuts in decades as Daniel Suarez introduced his terrifying and tantalizing vision of a new world order Daemon captured the attention of the tech community, became a national bestseller, garnered attention from futurists, literary critics, and the halls of governmentleaving readers clamoring for the conclusion to Suarez's epic storyIn the opening chapters of Freedom™, the Daemon is well on its way toward firm control of the modern world, using an expanded network of realworld, dispossessed darknet operatives to tear apart civilization and rebuild it anew Civil war breaks out in the American Midwest, with the mainstream media stoking public fear in the face of this Corn Rebellion Former detective Pete Sebeck, now the Daemon's most famous and most reluctant operative, must lead a small band of enlightened humans in a populist movement designed to protect the new world orderBut the private armies of global business are preparing to crush the Daemon once and for all In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing government control, and a new choice between free will and the continuing comforts of ignorance, the stakes could not be higher: hanging in the balance is nothing less than democracy's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

10 thoughts on “Freedom™

  1. Molly Molly says:

    I have to say, I was a little disappointed in this book compared to Daemon. It seemed a bit off the rails, very preachy, and without a central character to latch onto. Plus, the level of violence and gore was WAY over the top. I think the central messages are valid, super interesting, and high-level scary, but I'm not sure he gets them across as well as he could have. Kind of like burying an important social message inside Grand Theft Auto. You can do it, but most people are just laughing and running down hookers.

  2. Kemper Kemper says:

    After reading this book, I feel like I should put on a kilt, paint my face blue and stand in front of the corporate headquarters where I work. Then, waving my laptop over my head and doing my best Mel Gibson impersonation (without the anti-Semitism), I’ll shout, “You may take away our financial independence, our self-supporting communities and our personal privacy, but you’ll never take our FREEDOM!”

    Too much?

    Moving on…. This is a techno-thriller, but like the previous book Daemon, it’s a pretty damn ambitious techno-thriller. Daemon set the stage and now Freedom ™ delivers the goods.

    Previously, a very wealthy computer guru known for the intricate games he devised named Matthew Sobol had died of cancer. But he left behind the Daemon, a computer program that works as a blueprint and recruiting tool for an economic and political revolution. Sobol was convinced that worldwide corporate corruption had reached a point where people were in danger of being nothing but puppets forever.

    By using the Daemon to seize the high ground on the internet, Sobol posthumously declared war on the existing forms of politics and finance. The Daemon also uses a virtual version of the Internet called the darknet to hook it’s operatives into a web overlay of the real world via HUD glasses and other biometric interfaces.

    After deliberately escalating the existing economic crisis, the Daemon uses the rules of on-line gaming and internet social media to begin creating a new society and economic model. And it uses high tech weaponry and willing operatives to defend the fledging darknet communities.

    A corporate shadow government doesn’t just want to destroy the Daemon and the darknet operatives, it wants to use the crisis the Daemon has created as an excuse to expand their power and influence to the point where traditional governments will be completely toothless. They use the mass media outlets to spin the story that the darknet communities are terrorists and using that as an excuse, unleash Blackwater-style private armies.

    The plot could come across as B-movie-ish, but Suarez manages to make even the more outlandish stuff sound reasonable, and he makes a lot of intriguing points about the current economic structure in areas like corporate farming.

    One of the cooler ideas is that on-line gaming rules and rating systems could be the basis for a new society. It’s sounds crazy, but Suarez makes an interesting argument that it could work. What if every person you dealt with had a visible ratings score based on their interactions with other people? Or if enough people instantly voted on a project being important, the group resources were allocated accordingly?

    And I like that Suarez doesn’t paint this as an instant utopia. The Daemon is definitely breaking a whole lot of eggs to make this omelet and some of it’s operatives are in danger of gaining far too much power, even within the rules of the system.

    A lively read with plenty of action and enough big ideas to make you think, I enjoyed this quite a bit. For anyone interested, I’d definitely read Daemon first.

  3. Bradley Bradley says:

    Nearly as amazing as the first book in the Duology, Daemon, it leads us right into the middle of an ideological breakdown or a breakthrough, with hoards of Daemon followers playing their lives as if it was all a huge game. And indeed, the way our economics and military and politics is run, it is just that.

    So what happens when a game AI successfully outplays our gloriously flawed human nature all in the desire to prevent a total breakdown of our society, as all societies have broken down when our reach outstrips our grasp?

    Why, the old-guard, the rich, the staunch governmentalists, and the old idealists band together to take down, impossibly, the background program that had transformed the world. With devastating effect. Civil Wars, corn rebellions, tent cities, and absolute fear of the internet dominates this book.

    Oh yeah, and high level wizards (techno-kind) roam the world, having risen high in wealth and real power thanks to the Daemon, and they are truly awesome and rather scary. Sound like a game? Well, it is! But this system of rewards is all in real wealth, real influence, and really awesome tech.

    Who do I root for? *waves his wand around*

    I won't tell you.

    The fact is, this is still very much a techno-thriller to its core, but beyond that, it's super-ambitious and it's also a rather enormous SF undertaking in its own right, from the ideas, the social reform, or from the deeper implications of what it means to be human and so flawed as to have one stupid distributed program be able to outthink us, surprisingly so because it doesn't even have real intelligence!

    It's just programmed to manipulate us all really, really well. And I can't say I disagree with it's core purpose, either.

    But then, I must quote Robert A Heinlein, Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.


    Great book, great conclusion, and I don't even mind the soapbox that the author stood upon. SF is really all about ideas, but this one's a great story, too.

  4. Veronica Belmont Veronica Belmont says:

    A great sequel to Daemon! You get to see a different side of some of the characters, and not everything is as cut and dry.

  5. Vignesh Ashok Kumar Vignesh Ashok Kumar says:

    Rating - 7/10(Good) - Deliver us from Daemon....or not

    This novel is a sequel to Daemon, so you have to probably read that first. Before reading this review, do check out my review of Daemon .

    The first novel was definitely one of the best techno thrillers I have ever read and experienced. It had all the traits that a techno-thriller has. There were plethora of things that I learned. With that much excitement I had while reading the first novel, I started the second novel and I would say it was a total disappointment even though it was entertaining at times.

    While the first novel concentrated on the gory and so dark side of the Daemon, the second novel was completely contrary ie., it focused on Daemon being a good Samaritan. I was completely flabbergasted and taken aback by how the author completely flipped the script. It got me interested while I sensed that it was heading in that direction. But while I was reading, there were many things that didn't stick right. There were many time jumps which was a real pain and got me boring at times. The story didn't do justice for the main characters and it just invented many side characters who were totally monotonous. It felt like the scenes depicted were a cut and paste from various parts of the first novel at times. The pacing of the story was getting worse by every chapter: there were some chapters that made me dreary. The ending became more anti-climatic with no strong note and was flat.

    While the novel suffered from the above mentioned, it found more strength in the last part of the novel (except the ending) - the way the events branched were a thrilling roller coaster ride. There were more speculative technical ideas and the themes that were focused in this novel was mind blowing. The focus on the Virtual Reality and fantasy elements were more interesting and a delight.

    Overall, I would say this novel is an entertaining popcorn flick which could have made a real good addition to the duology if it wasn't for the downs mentioned above. :(

  6. Chris Chris says:

    Daemon was so dark and depressing that I seriously considered skipping the sequel, but I'm glad I didn't. (view spoiler)[This book feels surprisingly different than its precursor: the first was all about how scary and damaging the Daemon was, but the second is all about how evil the corporate overlords are, and here the Daemon is clearly humanity's last hope to avoid 1984. Everybody is coopted by last year's villain, as government is coopted by the oligarchs. (hide spoiler)]

  7. Midwest Geek Midwest Geek says:

    I listened to the audio version. 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. I feel that Freedom was 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.

  8. Danielle Adams Danielle Adams says:

    I enjoyed Daemon a lot and was excited to jump right into Freedom (tm). However, I confess that I was a little disappointed.

    What I really liked was the moral quandary aspect (I don't want to be too spoilery, so I'll stop there). Also, the virtual environment as everyday social fabric was nifty. Especially the contrast between the folks who treated this new world like they were actually IN a videogame, with all the magic and gods imagery that often brings, and the regular people who didn't fuss with the pomp and circumstance of it all.

    I'll admit that some of the tech elements were on the extreme side, but I don't mind nearish-future tech making its way into my contemporary fiction as long as it's cool.

    What I didn't like...gosh, there was a lot. It was WAY to preachy. Much too much time was spent telling us what was wrong with society in long monologues rather than letting character actions and events get us there. I really wish I'd been able to see more of the Unnamed One's quest and I really wanted to know more about Loki and the cult of Roy Merritt. Also, the action sequences kept teasing me with hints of what they could have been.

    My fix? Let the characters and the action take center stage and let the message sneak up on the reader in the background.

  9. Michael Michael says:

    Tough rating, probably deserves 2.5 stars.

    This is the sequel to Daemon, which I recall enjoying a good bit. Daemon was pretty popular among computer programmers for its (according to the description here at goodreads) shockingly plausible premise. It's a techno-thriller without the techno-babble.

    Freedom is, I think, meant to be in the same mold, although I'm not sure what an encrypted IP beacon is. That is to say, the techno gets a little more babbly.

    I did love the premise. In Daemon, an out of control computer program tries to take over the world. It's the enemy. In Freedom, things are a little more complicated.

    Still, lots of the issues feel half-baked. It's great to imagine a utopia of hyper-local communities, but where are the ones outside of Iowa going to get their food? How's it going to work with cities?

    Also, there's only one female character and she's pretty much a passive observer.

    So it gets rounded down to two stars. Disappointing given my memory of Daemon.

  10. Tom Merritt Tom Merritt says:

    I was skeptical that Suarez could recapture the utter immersion and fascinating construction of Daemon, but he did. I think one of the main ways he did so, was turning from an emphasis on technology to an emphasis on the socio-political themes that began to emerge in Daemon.

    In the tradition of Brave New World and 1984, Freedom(TM) serves as a warning by exaggeration. It's not that the events and revelations of Freedom(TM) are accurate or even prescient, it's that the elements that could cause them to happen all exist right now.

    The confluence of events that could make the world just like the one in Freedom(TM) are certainly unlikely, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't pay attention to the warning.

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