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Freedom TM (Daemon #2)

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  12,467 ratings  ·  962 reviews
In his phenomenal debut, Daemon, Daniel Suarez introduced a terrifying vision of an unstoppable computer program unleashed on our world bu a hi-tech wunderkind. But now, our world is Daemon's world- unless someone stops the program once and for all...

Paperback, 486 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Signet (first published January 1st 2010)
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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
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 ...more
Veronica Belmont
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.
Daemon was so dark and depressing that I seriously considered skipping the sequel, but I'm glad I didn't. (view spoiler)

The biggest problem i
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 o
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 sa ...more
Danielle Adams
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After completed the second book in the Daemon series, I really hope there will be a third. This is a complete nerdfest; much like the first. It mixed elements of MMORPG’s in with the standard Thriller genre to make an exciting and action packed Techno-Thriller. Once again the Daemon has still got control of the world; but is this a good thing or a bad thing. Taking away the power of the few and giving it to the masses; will this lead to civil unrest or total war. All the holes in the first book ...more
Dec 23, 2009 Bryan marked it as to-read-5-planning-on-it  ·  review of another edition
Gizmodo: "Daniel Suarez has earned not one, but two spots in our reading room. These techno-thrillers not only use every bit of jargon from the hacker’s cookbook, and a fair amount of William Gibson and Neal Stephenson to boot, they also feature deadly autonomous motorcycles with spinning katanas instead of handlebars. A worst-case-scenario tale of computer takeover, Daemon was one of the most talked about high-tech thrillers in recent times, but it ended with a cliffhanger. Thankfully, its sequ ...more
Freedom(TM) is the sequel to Daemon that patches a number of holes the writer left in the first book. The prose is tighter, the descriptions more direct, the characters are fleshed out and the plot is nicely wound down. If you enjoyed Daemon, there is no reason not to read the sequel.

*The action, even combat, was easier for the reader to track. Details were left to essentials and depictions of gore and violence were in a range I enjoy.

*The tech talk was less computer-centric and focused
Sci-fi at its best - full of meaty themes - a great book for serious discussion as well as being a thrill ride.

At its best sci-fi becomes a forum for more than whiz bang technology - it becomes a forum for discussion about philosophy. The best episodes of The Twilight Zone did this. Star Wars becomes a stage to discuss the nature of good and evil and if an evil person can be redeemed. Star Trek becomes a lesson in the strength that can be possible in diversity and the power of friendship over
I read this book in 2 days. I blew off all of the Super Bowl pregame stuff to finish the book. It is the sequel to/continuation of Daemon. It documents a possible kinda distopian future.

I liked Freedom more than Daemon. I think it's mostly because part of the first book is to set up the world and the characters in it. This book just rolls from the beginning. You really have to read Daemon first to know what's going on.

For a sci-fi-ish techno-thriller, there is a lot of King Corn and The Omnivore
I'll give you a bit of a warning right now. I'm going to discuss a bit of the plot of `Daemon'. If you haven't read that book, then you may want to hesitate before reading this review. If you simply want to know whether I enjoyed this book & if you should purchase this, then the answer is yes. I loved this book & you absolutely have to buy it. However I will warn you- the very basic outline of `Freedom (tm)' will give spoilers on the ending of `Daemon'. You've been warned, so on with the ...more
Adam McDonald
My review has to come in 2 parts, but before I get to it, I must make one thing clear. In order to understand and get the most out of this book, you MUST read its prequel, DAEMON, before you pick this one up. If you don't you will have no idea about the plot, characters, etc. So read DAEMON first!

Now, for the first part. I was originally only going to give this book 3 stars, not because it's not a good or enjoyable read, but because a lor of what takes place relies heavily on the reader's experi
David Sven
Wow. Reading this book as well as the previous book Daemon (my review has made me realize how much technology has been integrated into our modern lives as a virtual world overlaying our real world. We have internet banking, email, twitter, facebook, sms, mms, all manner of social networking, remote computing and giving us instant access to information all from a mobile phone or Ipad or laptop. We can multi-task our real lives and our virtual lives to mak ...more
Leon M
"Freedom (TM)" is a beautiful and awe-inspiring sequel to Daniel Suarez highly successful "Daemon". Having laid all the groundwork in "Daemon", Suarez uses most of this book to use this foundation in order to explore a new concept of social organization based on empowering information technology.

The new society emerging in "Freedom (TM)" is based on the darknet, an alternative to the internet using fast wireless meshes in order to increase the durability and availability of the network. People
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Tom Merritt
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 th
Mike (the Paladin)
Well....surprise, it was a duology. This book (sort of) completed the story.

I like this one...I give it 5 stars. Now that said let me add that I can't agree with the writer's "take" on how things are going. I agree with him but think he's a bit myopic. I think he's limited his view of who his villains should be.

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"Freedom" follows the incredibly good "Daemon" which made people turn heads. Freedom is itself one of those books that is hard to put down forcing you to read-on way past self-imposed bedtimes.
What both novels have is an ethereal evil or good? Much depends on your point of view here; but its the driving force behind most actions in the books. We follow a number of characters that we all loved from "Daemon" and the one character that was lost has now become bigger in death than he ever was in lif
Ha! I'm listening to the part where Ross is visiting Hank's farm (don't worry, that's not a spoiler)(and I'm cracking up that the reader gave Farmer Hank the voice of Hank Hill ("King of the Hill"))
EN EE Hank is explaining how they're using crops and animals to restore the soil and how chickens run along behind to peck worms and grubs from the dirt and I am almost convinced that Suarez got this whole passage from one of Joel Salatin's works, nearly verbatim. I can't believe how that guy
Freedom (TM) is an excellent sequel and a fantastic book in its own right, but I don't want that to detract you from reading Daemon first (so make sure you do that). Needless to say when I finished Daemon I'd was very eager to read its sequel. As soon as I saw that Freedom (TM) was released I snatched at the opportunity to listen to the audiobook version, which is just as excellent as the first book, and I found that I was in for more than I expected.

Any good book can be entertaining, a truly ex
Sean Randall
"Shen turned to General Zhang, but spoke to everyone. 'Let me tell you what your system is, Mr. Haverford. It's a six-billion-dollar... how do you Americans say it? Oh yes: clusterfuck.'"

The superbly spun ending to the can of worms unleashed in deamon, this title charts the uprising of the "darknet" and the governmental and military efforts to thwart the revolution. there's an almost heinlein-Like reverence for the Constitution and what it stood for, but an absolute vehemence that the powers of
Marc Weidenbaum
[Yeah, spoilers. Boilerplate, polite version: I promise I don't "spoil" anything about this book that would have bothered me had I known about it in advance of reading this book. That said, I cannot think of anything I have read in my life that would have been spoiled had I known the plot-advancing facts. And this is not, I promise, a brief Cliffs Notes–style detailed summary of the story. Perhaps the only real way to "spoil" a book is to detail any serious flaws in logic, to the extent that you ...more
While I was pleasantly surprised with Suarez's previous novel Daemon, I was disappointed by Freedom. It suffered from "sequel syndrome."

Why I didn't like it:
- All the character development seemed to have happened in the first book. The characters mostly bored me in Freedom, except the newly introduced Hank Fossen and Loki.
- I hated all the cynical, apocalyptic, anti-corporation/-establishment/-capitalism government-conspiracy preachiness, especially in the first portion of the book. I love to be
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Alright. I was just called a sci-fi fascist by a friend. So here is my review, for what it's worth :)

I had high expectations for these books, Freedom TM and Daemon. They were recommended different good people around me.

It was good. They kept me up at night. The story unravels fast, you want to know what's gonna happen.
Also, the idea of an ultra democratic system created by not far-fetched technologies, is... really interesting. This one still makes me think once in a while. If you're a utopian
David Dalton
I read and loved Daemon (Daemon, #1) by Daniel Suarez. But I read it several years ago when it first came out. I then bought the hardback of "Freedom", but waited until I got it on my Kindle to read. I guess I should not have waited so long between books to read.

I did not really enjoy "Freedom" as much as I did "Daemon". I found it somewhat confusing. Who were the bad guys? Was the Daemon good or bad? I guess I forgot about the Major and Loki (both looked pretty bad to me).

Still, the author paints a very scary future for mankind
It's hard to believe this is only Daniel Suarez's second novel.

"Freedom" is an amazing sequel to his first book, "Daemon". I'm not sure what I like about it more, the fact that it's an original concept or that so much of it seemed possible... I especially loved the Digg-style elements of it. Communications and alerts were prioritized based off of up-voting/down-voting and individual members of the society all had skill levels and reputation ratings.. It basically used crowd-sourcing to quickly,
I could not believe when CafeNinja told me that this sequal to Daemon was an even more additive page turner. But after the first chapter I was hooked! Freedom picks up a few months after Daemon and continues the fantastic story woven by Suarez. The pace never lets up and the character development is phenomenal. Over the course of these two books Suarez effectively had me change sides and opened my eyes to some real terrifying stuff that "could" be going on in our world today.

I strongly recommend
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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 mission-critical 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 ...more
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