America is dead. It has been replaced by Freedomland, a more perfect nation run by a man named God. War and violence have become a thing of the past. Citizens of Freedomland enjoy freedom of choice, freedom of speech, and the freedom to buy whatever their hearts desire. To make all of this even easier, televisions, cell phones, and the Internet are all combined into a Devi...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published November 19th 2009 by iUniverse
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Apr 04, 2011 Tominda Adkins rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of V for Vendetta and similar tomes
America is history. Only its outdated architecture remains, and in its place is Freedomland: safer, brighter, more instantly gratifying. The web is available to everyone, not just at their fingertips, but right in front of their retinas, feeding through an implant called a Device. Appear as your avatar, cruise visually modified streets, and dodge constant advertisements. Not everyone is sedated enough to be happy in this totalitarian future, a nation run by a man named God, and one such unhappy...more
Anne Bean's Freedomland is an amazing piece of futuristic fiction that leaves you eagerly turning each page. With an eerily accurate depiction of America's dependency on electronic devices, Bean creates a captivating murder mystery that is riddled with political and religious overtones that gives birth to an intricate plot. The characters are relatable and well written, giving a sense of depth and personal connection to the world that Bean has created. As you follow Elijah and Lili’s journey thr...more
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I started out reading it because 1, one of my friends from high school wrote it, and 2, I happen to really, really like science fiction. It definitely had notes of The Handmaid's Tale (i.e. the "Christian" takeover of America), some other themes common in futuristic SciFi, as well as some very fascinating biocomputer concepts as an integral part of the story. Lili and Elijah are well-written and well-developed protagonists. This story was really hard...more
It was a super fast read, very compelling. I loved the idea of it, the post apocalyptal premise etc. However, I thought the writing was sort of half-assed. I think new words or omittance of old words would have made the story more believable or cohesive. For example use of present day slang didn't make sense in a world so far removed from what we know now, and the use of God as a nonchalant swear-word seemed out of place given that "God" had suddenly made himself very real in the form of a dicta...more
Aug 20, 2010 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to have their socks rocked off
This book grabbed me and refused to let go. The best way that I can describe this book is a fusion between Brave New World, The Matrix, and The Uglies series. Elijah and Lili are dynamic and one quickly finds themselves empathizing with them. I can only hope that there may be a sequel or continuation down the road!