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The propulsive, shockingly plausible sequel to New York Times bestseller Daemon, the "Greatest. Techno-thriller. Period."*
*William O'Brien, former director of cybersecurity and communications systems policy at the White House

2009 saw one of the most inventive techno-thriller debuts in decades as Daniel Suarez introduced his terrifying and tantalizing vision of a new world
Mass Market Paperback, 486 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Signet (first published January 7th 2010)
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Jan 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cyber, thriller
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
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nearly as amazing as the first book in the Duology, Daemon, it leads us right into the middle of an ideological breakdown or a breakthrough, with hoards of Daemon followers playing their lives as if it was all a huge game. And indeed, the way our economics and military and politics is run, it is just that.

So what happens when a game AI successfully outplays our gloriously flawed human nature all in the desire to prevent a total breakdown of our society, as all societies have broken down when ou
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.
Vignesh Ashok Kumar
Rating - 7/10(Good) - Deliver us from Daemon....or not

This novel is a sequel to Daemon, so you have to probably read that first. Before reading this review, do check out my review of Daemon .

The first novel was definitely one of the best techno thrillers I have ever read and experienced. It had all the traits that a techno-thriller has. There were plethora of things that I learned. With that much excitement I had while reading the first novel, I started the second novel and I would say it was
Jan 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Midwest Geek
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cyberpunk
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
Jan 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 20, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Tom Merritt
Dec 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 friend
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 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
Review of the audiobook narrated by Jeff Gurner.

I read Daemon in 2014 and loved it so much that I immediately followed up by starting Freedom, but was never grabbed by it and as a result it had been sitting at DNF 39% for four years. I was hoping that restarting the book, this time in audiobook format, would bring me back to what I loved so much about the first book. That was not the case, as I ended up with much the same impression as I was left with when abandoning the book four years ago.

Nov 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 review. ...more
Leon M
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
"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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
I'd thought the first book was dark, but wow, Freedom (TM) takes it even further. Anyway, high marks on the story, but downgraded to 3 stars because I can't say it was the satisfactory conclusion I expected. I mentioned in the review of Daemon that in the second half of the book everything seemed to wind down, and I had hoped Freedom (TM) would rekindle it again.

It didn't play out that way, unfortunately. Mainly, it was because I felt many of the characters we met in the first book were relegat
May 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, sci-fi, action
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
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
David Sven
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Adam McDonald
Apr 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, non-mm
I have held off starting on the second part of this series because I didn't like how the story evolved by the end of the first book. I still hated the introduction of the razorbacks and the cyber-genetic implants as it undermined the realism of the story for me.

The first book focused a large portion on technology and being a little of a tech geek, I was enthralled by the accuracy of the technology imbued with the evolution of the Daemon. Combining my love of gaming which was heavily referenced,
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite engrossing story

This sequel to Daemon was just as scary as the first book. So much of the action was believable and didn't take much to see it as being possible in the near future. It also showed how technology can be used to improve the quality of life for so many people. Disturbing and yet uplifting at the same time.
Stephen Peck
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not as good as Daemon, but still a fun ride.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A surprisingly better book than the original which has a more realistic theme and plot than it’s predecessor. Still lots of techie and video game feel with a more modern anti-corporation message.
Definitely feels more relevant after having experienced the darker side of social media/ tech companies the past few years.
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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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