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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  357 ratings  ·  72 reviews
In a future Earth, Patrick Harvey, newly promoted Class One Empath, dreams of the independence his position brings and the apartment he’s saving for. His first solo assignment is treating John Doe 439, a man found outside the city, battered, traumatized, and apparently mute.

Despite a strong taboo against Empaths forging romantic relationships, Patrick realizes he feels a s
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Published March 11th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published March 10th 2013)
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While I’m not one to judge a book by its cover, it makes me very happy when the cover is directly relevant to the story and characters within and captures their essence so perfectly. Just one glance at the cover and I knew that life would not be easy for Patrick, Jac and other sensitive individuals possessing empathic abilities.

Patrick Harvey’s abilities were sufficient enough to land him a position in the Empath Center. Even though he misses his friends, he feels lucky
Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog
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4.8 Stars


An absorbing read that was equally exhilarating and thought-provoking. I was immediately pulled into this book by expressive writing and palpable characters.

Written in a Part 1 – Confinement / Part 2 – Escape format; Freedom is a captivating look at post-apocalyptic earth where psychic ability determines your status in society. Everyone is tested and ranked according to their abilities and usefulness. The higher one

Food for thought, that’s what this book is. This is more than a futuristic gay romance, it is a look at something we view as a basic necessity in life, and a gift: freedom… the dictionary calls it:

*the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without restraint
*absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government
*the state of being physically unrestricted; not being imprisoned or enslaved
*the power of self-determination attributed to the will

But it is also a state of
It's difficult to write a review that contains no spoilers, and even more difficult to try to describe how beautifully this story was written. Thanks to Lisa for writing a great review which pushed me over the line to read this book.

The two MCs, Paddy and Jac, are brought together when Paddy is given Jac as a patient. Paddy is a Level One Impath and was told he needed to evaluate and see if there was anything worth saving in Jac. Jac had been physically injured. He made no sense when he spoke a
Heather C
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Heather C by: Nikyta
Umm...this was different! And I LIKED it!!

So this is set in a post-apocalyptic New Las Vegas where humans have developed powers of the mind...Empaths, Telepaths, Telekinetics...and Illusionists. Patrick, a Class One Empath, has finally been given his first solo case: a John Doe who has been tortured and raped and left with a mind so broken he can't even communicate.

I was initially confused for a bit since I didn't read the blurb before starting, but once I got into it I couldn't put it down! It
Kynthos-the-Archer (Kyn)

It was a 3 stars because I do like it especially the premise of the story. I just have this niggling feeling that it could be better.

The beginning of the story draws me in steadily and surely. I like the unique interactions between the two main MCs - Patrick aka Paddy and John Doe 439 aka Jac/Jacson.

Jac is quite an endearing character to me. He is childlike although being a full grown adult. (view spoiler)
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews, m-m
4.5 stars - I thought this was a pretty phenomenal sci-fi read, and one of the better books I’ve read in a while.

I would qualify Freedom as primarily sci-fi, with an m/m romance as secondary. The romance in it is definitely meaningful, but this is a sci-fi/dystopia novel first.

The story follows empath Patrick who is tasked with helping a mysterious and withdrawn John Doe who had survived a vicious assault in the Outside, the wilds beyond the City where Patrick lives and works (and which is tigh
May 09, 2013 rated it liked it
I chose Freedom based on a suggestion. I didn’t read the blurb but went in with high expectations. I quite liked the book for most of it, though once the group broke out of the hospital and were on the run, things started to fall apart. The ending is nicely wrapped up but I was left with a lot of questions. Most of all I couldn’t buy into the chemistry between the two lead characters and I found one of the lead men to be weak and uninteresting. These two issues definitely killed some of the read ...more
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
MandyM really said it well. This story was amazingly good in part 1. I loved the story, loved the characters, loved everything.

The premise of Freedom is pretty much what you would expect, given the title. The reader catches a glimpse of a dystopian society, in a world after "burst", where psychically-talented citizens live in the cities, and those without talents are largely relegated to the "outside" or, depending on their connections, are allowed to live in the city but are given thankless job
I really enjoyed this book. It's a pretty typical dystopian novel set in a future where some people have supernatural abilities and are sought after by shady government agencies. It's well written and compelling. The romance is basically a non-entity so don't be fooled by the tags. But some of the characters are cool and that was actually enough for me. What I didn't like was the last 5% or so. It was rushed and awkward. Last minute book montages are fast becoming a pet peeve of mine. ...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
There was lots of stuff I loved about this and stuff that bothered me, particularly the ending. (view spoiler)

Five stars for part one, three for part 2.

Happy ending? (view spoiler)
This is it. Another DNF for me :( 2 stars is for what I've read so far.


I am sure it's a great book, everyone says so.

Unfortunately, there is so much going on with switching POVs and Tenses, it's too annoying. Not confusing. Annoying. Present tense was never my favorite, so it must be me.

The story takes place in a dystopian society, which has no problem discarding pretty much anyone if they don't have something valuable to contribute. Yet two men, both John Does, are picked from the side o
3 - 4 stars.

To be honest, I’m not really sure how to rate this book.

It had lots of good ideas and likable characters but sometimes I wanted to know more. More about the cities, the Outside or all the other places. I wanted to know what exactly changed the world. What was this “Burst”? Or why is the government breaking high level talents? Just to see what they can do?

Then there’s the POV or rather the change of POV’s. It was easy to follow and I knew all the time who was talking but I would have
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Dystopian & Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Sweet M/M Romance
Reviewed for THC Reviews
"4.5 stars" Freedom is a fascinating post-apocalyptic/dystopian story that takes place in an unspecified future time frame after something called The Burst, which while not explained, I assume to probably have been an EMP or something similar. The bulk of the story takes place in New Las Vegas, where only a chosen few live and work within the city. The rest are pretty much relegated to the Outside, which appears to be the outskirts of the city and in between the two is th
Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 Hearts

Review written for MM Good Book Reviews

Patrick is a newly promoted Class One Empath, counting his lucky stars that he has escaped from the Outside and that he has a bed, decent food and a paying job, but his first case 723, John Doe 439, is about to rock his world as he discovers truths about the Government he works for and he has to make a choice. Jac (John Doe 439) begins to come back to himself with the help of Patrick, but trusting Patrick is di
LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

This was kind of a heavy read for me. To be honest the cover kind of scared me but I also found myself needing to know why that poor man was sitting alone naked in the corner. I am glad I put on my big girl panties and read this book. I was instantly submerged into this world and just had to know what happened to that man. The story is told from different POVs which I enjoyed for the most part.

Freedom is split into three parts. I found the first part highly intriguing. Patrick is an empat
Alex Alden
Jun 26, 2013 rated it did not like it

Seriously, are there no editors in m/m romance? Someone seriously needed to take a ruler to this author's knuckles to hammer in some very key points about tense and POV:

1. Second person POV is never OK. NEVER. There is no situation on the face of this planet where second person POV is a good idea. None.

2. Pick a tense! Yes, it's all nice and artsy to go from past to present to past. The only credit I can give the author on this one is that there were scene breaks between the tense
Betti Gefecht
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lissa Bryan
I loved the bejeezus out of this book. It totally surprised me with how good it was. The title is perfect in more than one way... it's not only about breaking free from the confines of an institution, or from a messed up system. In the end, it is about the freedom of mind, love, sex, trust and so much more. I wish I could be part of that small tribe forming there...
The pubIishers are praising themselves to offer the finest in M/M romance, but I really loved how circumstantial, kind of, that aspe
C.M. Torrens
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m_m, post-apoc
Very nice and enjoyable book. Loved the characters and the world was wonderfully rich and alive. Really enjoyed Paddy's description of sinking into that peaceful place where Jac and Rob were during sleep. Beautifully written bit that really caught my attention. Highly Recommended. ...more
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, sci-fi, 4stars
Really awesome, my only niggle was an offscreen 4some, not even offscreen will those EVER work for me, would still love more stories in this 'verse ...more
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was kind of a heavy read for me. To be honest the cover kind of scared me but I also found myself needing to know why that poor man was sitting alone naked in the corner. I am glad I put on my big girl panties and read this book. I was instantly submerged into this world and just had to know what happened to that man. The story is told from different POVs which I enjoyed for the most part.

Freedom is split into three parts. I found the first part highly intriguing. Patrick is an empath for a
Vanessa theJeepDiva
I grabbed Jay Kirkpatrick’s Freedom because the blurb was intriguing and I love a good male male romance. The reviews I read let me know I was purchasing a good read. Many people have tagged/shelved this as male male romance. This is not a romance. It is still a very good read. There is a bit of romance, several happily ever afters, many happy for nows, but not a romance.

The world as we know it has been drastically changed by the Burst. It has left the majority of the land decimated. The inhabi
Joyfully Reviewed
Class One Empath Patrick Harvey is excited to be assigned his very first patient. Apparently the man was found outside of New Las Vegas city limits nude, injured, and mute. So far no one knows where John Doe 439 hails from and Patrick has the honor of working with the poor man to uncover his past.

As Patrick unravels the nightmares within John Doe’s mind he comes to realize that the patient is being over medicated, that he’s not mentally challenged, simply traumatized and that he isn’t from anywh
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Suze by: Boys in our Books - Jan fave reads
I was kind of expecting a cold, harsh read about a distopian future, and whilst the harsh future is there and references to a terrible crime are there in memories, the story itself is one of hope and wonder really.
I'm not greatly into futuristic scifi stories but the writing here is light, the pace of the story was fast and the characters were formed enough to make you empathise(!) with them.
Patrick is lucky, he has been rescued from the outside and now lives an easy life working as an empath, h
Nicole Newton
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very few books grab me from the outset. It's usually like a blind date, with the two of you eyeing one another and wondering just how soon you can politely leave. Freedom got me from the first paragraphs. Intricately plotted, and set in a dystopian future interesting in it's own right, what sets Freedom apart from others, in my opinion, is the deft delineation of it's main characters, and the *laser* focus of it's depiction of the meeting, and initial interaction of it's main characters. I've sp ...more
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay
Up to now most gay-themed books I've read were coming-of-age books (e.g. Mark Roeder, Jay Bell, John Goode). Therefore I wanted to read a different kind of gay-themed book. I tried Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim, but the child abuse theme isn't really my thing. However, Freedom by Jay Karkpatrick is something different. It is a sci-fi book with an interesting plot which kept me interested from the very first chapter. To avoid spoilers I will not go into details of the story of the book. One of th ...more
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.8 stars


As much as it reminds me so much of one of my favorite books "Waiting for the Moon" by Kristin Hannah I can't give it a perfect 5 stars. It's just that I was not satisfied between Jac and Patrick. I really like Jac, he's adorable! hehe while Patrick hmmm... -_- he turned out to be a boring and useless? (sorry!) character, he was good at the 1st part but at the 2nd part he didn't only jeopardized the escape plan he was not much of used to them while they wer
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a great story. Much more a science fiction adventure story than a m/m romance, but that's a good thing. The last forty pages or so get a bit muddled, because the transitions move too quickly (but, to be fair, I may only be thinking that because I really wanted this novel to stretch out). I preferred the first segment with Jac and Patrick working through Jac's trauma to the other segments--again, I'd have liked that segment to stretch out. This would make a fantastic Indy sci fi film--if you ...more
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite
Very imaginative, well-developed world with great characters.
I'd recommend this to anyone who likes sci-fi, paranormal, post-apocalyptic, and just good ol' romance. The love story is developed alongside a gripping story, and it's all perfectly balanced.
I'll really look forward to reading more from Jay Kirkpatrick.
Just have to mention the cover: it's perfect. Anne Cain does it again. She shows us the bleak, white environment the poor prisoner is kept in, and his despair and attempt to shield him
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
There was nothing wrong with this book, but I like the time I spend reading to be happier. This was a little bit bad things happen, bad things happen, more bad things happen, awful things happen, but, hey, we all persevered in the end. The premise is interesting and the writing is good, but when I was done I was left feeling depressed.

Also, it's possible I'm just too burnt on the dystopian future dramas. Doesn't anyone think the future is going to be okay anymore?
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Jay Kirkpatrick has been writing since she could first hold a pencil. When her epic six-line poem The Fox Running was read by the teacher to the entire first-grade class, she knew this is one thing she'd always do.

Years before she ever heard of fanfic, she was writing stories about The Monkees, Garrison's Gorillas, and Lancer. In her early years of fandom (Anyone remember fiction round robins by

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