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Sobol was a forward-thinker who was also a computer genius. In Daemon, he comes across as someone with a grudge against society. We know he had a plan but we were unaware of the end-game. Freedom(TM) shows him to be our saviour.
Daniel Suarez is brilliant. I truly believe he sees all the problems in the world today and has come up with a way to fix it all. I'd like to say this is all science fiction but I'm guessing it's really science fact. I'd also like to say this is a dystopian future but it really is an image of our dystopian now. If this story is actually a means of gauging the public interest in this becoming a reality, I'd like to be the first in line to join this revolution. Release the Daemon!!
In spite of that, I enjoyed Freedom (TM) in ways that I can't quite explain. There are endless battle scenes, and even some gory torture scenes, which I usually avoid but not this time. The new social order, one character says, was "beta tested by gamers"--and I've never been a gamer. It's full of roiling action and finishes with a lot of loose ends, which isn't bothering me at all.
"Freedom(TM)," like "Daemon," pulses with futuristic technology that's both scary and exciting. Just as mind-bending is the utopian-dystopian model of society, based on regional sustainability and interdependence. The Darknet is created by a legacy of background programs created by a dead computer genius, and members take their levels and reputation rankings from the votes of other Darknet members. In the "persistent world" of the Darknet, a raw democracy prevails. Some of the most powerful figures are avatars, non-living characters; they're never presented otherwise, because for all its technological magic, this is not packaged as a work of fantasy.
The iconic quest of Darknet champion Pete Sebeck is a counterpoint to the passionate intensity of the villains. Early in the book Suarez poses the question: can good grow from evil intentions?Read more ›
- The main global idea is interesting enough. The book makes you question the current economic system without being too... pushy about it. It makes you think, which is always a good thing about books in general.
- Interesting technological concepts, but a tad too far fetched (sci-fi?).
- Main vilain (the Major) is all evil (I liked that for some reason).
- Way too many characters ruin pacing.
- Chapters don't seem to flow from one to another. The story limps.
- Sobol is hardly spoken of, even though he made the Daemon.
- While we get to understand most protagonists, we don't feel too much empathy for them (always a bad thing).
- Daemon was a page turner, this one is not. Read it if you liked the first one and want to experience the finale.
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The sequel to Daemon, which isn't made clear pretty much anywhere on Amazon, this book is about the growth of the real-life civilization created by an online game, and the forces... Read morePublished 17 months ago by J Johnston
The second book in the Damien Saga, could not put down the Kindle and ended up reading it in two sittings. I recommend this books to all tech nerds and adventure lovers. Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2013 by lalondejp
Suarez certainly knows to write. And knows what he writes about too. Really not far from reality. All this could happen today. Scary !Published on June 30 2013 by Paul Francoeur