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Degrees of Freedom

(Samuil Petrovitch #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,108 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Winner of the 2012 Philip K. Dick Award

The Six Degrees of Petrovitch

Michael is an AI of incalculable complexity trapped under the remains of Oshicora tower. Petrovitch will free him one day, he just has to trust Michael will still be sane by the time he does.

Maddy and Petrovitch have trust issues. She's left him, but Petrovitch is pretty sure she still loves him.

Sonja Osh
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Orbit
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Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-shelf, sci-fi
This third novel in the Petrovitch books is easily the one I enjoyed the most. But why? Ah, well... because of everything that came before. But why?

Because while this novel takes place years after the first two books, headed far, far away from the time when Samuil used to be a very smart operative and well after the time he was just known as a breakthrough scientist -- adding a true AI buddy named Michael and a true anti-grav device using miniature black holes to his list of accomplishments --
Христо Блажев
Бедни, бедни Петрович! Защо не умря при кулата “Ошикора”?:

Поредицата за Метрозоната продължава – а Самуил Петрович, неразбраният гений и по съвместителство постоянен спасител на света, пак трябва да е на линия за няколко изключително болезнени часове, в които всичко съградено рухва, предателство дебне отвсякъде, а крехката свобода е на път да бъде изгубена. В “Степени на свобода”, толкова чаканото продължение на “Уравненията на живота” и “Теории за полета
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Samuil Petrovitch series is the best thing I have read, hands down, in several years. It's right up there with Kim Stanley Robinson's 'Mars' trilogy as far as favorites. Somewhat different genre to be sure, but beautifully written.

Petrovitch is the type of reluctant hero that only appears once in a great while in fiction and we LIVE his experiences through these words, these novels.

Samuil Petrovitch lives in a world just past madness, still shaking in fear and he is running from his own past
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club, sci-fi
Disappointing story-line; little to no depth for most of the characters; relationships not given a basis. I also really struggled remembering who any of the secondary characters were, not helped by the fact that there were none of these helpful little reminders about how people know each other/what has happened that you usually get in sequels.

Thoroughly disappointing considering how much I enjoyed the first two.
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having really enjoyed the first two books I was quite disappointed by how this one did not scrub up. Yes, still lots of excellent action and maybe I did leave it too long between them but this is the first time it's dragged. The writing seems flaccid, Petrovitch has become a whiney little bitch basically. The best character Maddy is hugely underused. The honeymoon is very much over.
Scott Holstad
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Degrees of Freedom is the winner of the 2012 Philip K. Dick award and it's very well deserved, I think. It's the third and final book in the Samuil Petrovitch trilogy. I loved it and I hated to see it end.

Samuil Petrovitch is a nerd/mathematician/physicist living in London's Metrozone, now called the Freezone. He has twice saved the city from disaster (in the previous books). (This is a future dystopia where Japan has sunk into the sea and America is full of "Reconstructionists," crazed religiou
Charles Dee Mitchell
I let too long a time pass between reading the first two books in this trilogy and finally getting around to this final volume. Each novel is self-contained, they do not end in cliffhangers that make all three one long story. But I had forgotten certain fine points of this post-Armegeddon world, for instance, just what "Armegeddon" occurred, how to differentiate between Armageddon, the New Machine Jihad, and the Long Night. I was just accepting the fact that one character was named Tabletop unti ...more
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
It wasn't until I was well into attempting to puzzle out all of the obscure references to earlier events and the casual presentation of crucial facts implying some kind of reader familiar with the logic of the story, that I realized that this is one of those trilogies that depends a lot on prior experience. It does not stand to well alone. Seeing as there was little to indicate such, I was not pleased at that point to be on a bus headed for a ferry,with no option but to quit or carry on.

I carrie
Dale Parnell
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
There's an argument to be made that this is the best of the Metrozone trilogy. The stakes are higher, the characters and relationships have matured and there are some genuinely moving moments. And when the villain is revealed it feels both shocking and somehow right, like the three books have been leading you to this point all along (which of course they have, and demonstrates the great ability of Dr Morden to create a coherent and complex story across three books).
I have a huge affection for th
Charles Haworth
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Still enjoying the series

This starts well and has a level of espionage style thriller through it as the USA and the Yakuza style gangsters all make Sam's life hard in all ways

He still moans and gripes and gets life ending injuries at pretty much every turn. The US don't come out of this very well, but to be fair no group or ideology does in the whole series.

Not quite silly, enjoyable if getting a bit Vince Flynnesque survive scrapes that make him mostly android and good fun
Ivan Bogdanov
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Майл става император... Добре де, Вицекрал... Всъщност Петрович му се налага да заеме едно място, което не иска.
А ирландското уиски си е най-добре.
Добър завършек, ама заибаха цялата революция във физиката.
Andy Plonka
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: src
I think I would have liked this better if I had read the previous books in the series, but it was an interesting journey into the realm of artificial intelligence.
Stephen Lewis
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice ending to an interesting trilogy. I'm hoping to see imperial Americanisms dealt with similarly in our world...
usagi ☆ミ
This review is one for all three books. Just a warning.

I totally did NOT expect to get sucked into this series as much as I did, and the fact that it’s only a trilogy makes me profoundly sad. This is an awesome, awful alternate present/future that Morden has created, and I’m sad to see it go. But let’s take a look at what makes it so great, shall we?

This world is split off from ours at 2000, says Morden in an interview in the back of the first book. However, he doesn’t say how far in the future
Jacqueline Wagenstein
"Метрозоната" е изключително успешна поредица романи от британския писател Саймън Мордън. Завладяваща сайбърпънк антиутопия, която ще ви потопи в един изчистен научнофантастичен свят, в който главният герой носи името Самуил Петрович, а интригата се върти около основната му цел - да остане жив!

Саймън Мордън е доктор на науките. Ракетен инженер, специализирал геология и планетарна геофизика и, както много често се случва, намерил истинското си призвание в една съвсем различна област. Макар че обр
Jun 26, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a surprisingly well-developed little thriller. I picked it up at the library based on its crazy geometric cover pattern, and I was halfway through it before I realized this was a sequel, in fact the third in a trilogy and that the parts that were unexplained (New Machine Jihad, Reconstruction, etc) would never be explained because they weren't meant to be mysteries, having been addressed in the earlier books. Oops. That aside, I finished the book, because the forward momentum was suffici ...more
Radi Radev
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Самуил Петрович е един от шестимата най-умни човеци на планетата. Освен това е и най-добре ругаещият. Петрович с еднаква лекота може да използва както генератор на сингуларност, така и думи твърде неподходящи за изискана аудитория.
Самуил се опитва да извади на бял свят погребан изкуствен интелект на име Майкъл. От Конгрегацията на Доктрината на вярата са загрижени дали Майкъл има душа и изпращат отец Джон да проучи въпроса.
Тук почувствах влияние на Робърт Силвърбърг. Най-награждаваният разказ на
Desmond Reid
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-read-2016
In Freezone, formerly London, Samuel Petrovitch has a major problem. The Oshicora Tower has collapsed. Samuel must now free the Artificial Intelligence which calls himself Michael trapped underneath. Meanwhile, he is still estranged from his wife Maddie. Sonja Oshicora still loves him (but is she trying to save him or kill him?) and the CIA and the New Machine Jihad are still out for his blood.

So, when 'Container Zero' is discovered with a nuclear bomb, all roads appear to lead to Petrovitch...
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Докато четях последната книга за Самуил Петрович „Степени на свобода“ от Саймън Мордън си мислех колко много се е променил като персонаж от първата книга. Докато там той е представен с всичките си положителни и отрицателни черти, то във втората той вече развива чувство за дълг, чест и приятелство. В третата трансформацията е завършена – той отговаря за Свободната зона и то не само на хартия. Той се чувства отговорен за това, което тя означава – свобода. И се бие за нея. Даже почти умира (което п ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Today is a glad and a sad day. I finished listening to Degrees of Freedom and I am glad to find out what happened but I am sad because there will be no more Samuil Petrovitch for a while. I checked all three audio books out from the library so I can’t go back and listen any time I want just to get a Petrovitch fix. I guess I will have to go buy the books. That will have to last me until the next book comes out and that will be quite awhile.

If you are a fan of Science Fiction I highly recommend t
Corey Dutson
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who's a fan of Cyberpunk
Shelves: kindle, sci-fi
Hey look at that: I've found a trilogy of books that have managed to contain within themselves well-paced, enjoyable stories; characters I can not only relate to, but actually give a damn about; stitch together an over-arching story that actually means something; and actually cleans up all its loose ends (bar one) rather nicely.

Colour me shocked.

The Metrozone trilogy has been an absolute blast to read. If you can get past the collection of Russian cursing (not all of which have I managed to figu
Петър Панчев
Свободата на Петрович е отново под заплаха

Цялото ревю тук:
Съвсем сигурно е, че Самуил Петрович никога няма да се откаже от борбата, която води с любителите на апокалиптични сценарии. Вече свиквам с непрестанното му мърморене и повтаряне на едни и същи руски псувни. От една страна това го прави предвидим, но пък от друга - се вижда една постоянна непримиримост, която ми допада. Имах известна нагласа за третата част - постоянни битки, интересни политически
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. These books make me happy, and I think the imperfections that more persnickety readers might point out only enhance the sheer excellence of the story being told in this trilogy. The frantic action, flawed characters doing the best they can with what they know, and Samuil's smart mouth make this a story that keeps you engaged the whole way through. There are plenty of fascinating possibilities of biology and technology being explored and played with in these pages to not only ...more
Michael Hirsch
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The third in a series. Since I haven't read the other two books, yet, I'm not quite sure how the world got the way it is, but it is interesting.

The book starts with the protagonist being a smart man who is made even smarter by having integrated his brain with a computer. He doesn't have to go to Google to look things up, he is Google. At some point, of course, his external brain is stolen and he has to do things the old fashioned way which is very frustrating to him.

Meanwhile, his friend the int
Петър Атанасов
Прочелите предишните книги знаят, че Саймън Мордън пише увлекателно и забавно. Действието е динамично и изпълнено с подходяща доза напрежение. Според мен, в третата част от поредицата няма отстъпление по тези елементи, сюжетът не е по-скучен, няма нещо, което да омръзва, въпреки че формулата не е променена особено. Щом са ви харесали „Уравненията на живота“ и „Теории за полета“, значи ще ви хареса и „Степени на свобода“. Ако пък досега все сте се дразнили на нещо, например плоските женски персон ...more
May 01, 2012 rated it liked it
It is the same mix of action, geek fulfillment and future extrapolation that worked so well in the two previous books. It should be done as a manga, with Petrovich's harem for fan service. Forgettable fun.

The third book is difficult to review, as only people who have read the two previous ones will be interested in what you write. So this would be what would interest me in a third volume review: It ends here, quite satisfactory but with a twist, and it has the same manic, "don't put me down" sty
Chris Taylor
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read book 2 and 3 back to back, and its one of the best trilogies ive read. Morden takes you on a breathtaking charge around a ruined but so very familiar city allowing you to picture every movement. Breathtaking speed and action coupled with vivid dystopian backdrops. Morden introduces a darker side to the technology petrovitch surrounds himself with in this book which is very topical today as we slide silently ourselves into a technologically dependent society. He also forces us to stare the ...more
Jun 12, 2011 rated it liked it
This trilogy ending novel was very weak and only my interest in the characters, especially the main hero kept me reading and gave it a C; but structurally and content-wise, the series that started with a bang, fizzles into a politically correct thriller that is only marginally sf and is predictable and boring. A series of great potential - great writing style and very interesting characters, but a story that is very unimaginative after the first volume and a half and barely deserves the sf label ...more
Struggling Writer
Mar 08, 2013 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the first book in the Petrovitch series. Action packed and entertaining with some great, believable charaters that i really cared about. Twists and tuns kept me hooked until the end.

However, the second and third books, while still good, were less enjoyable. I felt that the characters became more wooden and i didn't really care about their story anymore. Samuel's actions became too rediculous for me to believe at many points (without spoiling anything).

Overall, a fun triliogy, bu
Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, actiony
I have to agree with other readers that this is a let down as the final book. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the hell outta it but I felt that there were several plot points that were just magically thrown in to move the story forward also I was a little ticked with the characterization of Sam's wife. By the end she just seemed bitchy and hypocritical instead of strong and flawed. That said see the other reviews for more in depth commentary about the flaws and then just go pick up the trilogy. It ...more
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