Freedom by Daniel Suarez

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A couple of months ago, I read Daemon by Daniel Suarez, recommended by many tech pundits from the US. Similarly, I have also recommended to many people I know within the Singapore tech community. They all loved the premise behind Daemon because it is technologically feasible to see the concept behind Daemon actually brought to real life. Daemon ended with the protagonist, the detective Peter Sebeck was locked in a series of intrigue set up by the deceased game designer, Matthew Sobol, who created the daemon that unleashed upon human civilization.

The second book is split up into a couple of threads based on three central characters and the antagonists of the story. While in the first book that Daniel Suarez portrayed Matthew Sobol as an evil genius who conceived a deliberate plot that murdered many in the process, the second book took a different perspective by taking on the theme of necessary evil. Freedom explored the breakdown of our modern day civilization and the Daemon took on the establishments from Wall Street to the power brokers of multi-national corporations. While the war between the Darknet (on the Daemon front) and the establishment were on-going, Peter Sebeck was tasked by the late Matthew Sobol to go on a quest to find the Cloud Gate, similar to how modern day gamer would do in MMORPG games like World of Warcraft.

The most interesting feature of the book is the use of augmented reality and how the online world interfaced with the real world, in particular, the D-Space in Suarez’s book. Of course, if you are a fan of online gaming, you would see how the characters are ranked by gaming mechanics and level of the profession he took. The irony that Loki, one of the main characters of the book, who was known to be the deadliest of the Daemon operative, was given a level 10 sorcerer and extremely low rank of trust. One probably pondered the author’s intentions to integrate social interactions within the Internet and focused on how Daemon attempted to change and redistribute the way how the human civilization.

While the book reached a probably satisfactory ending, one might wonder if there will be a sequel. Of course, the most exciting part of the book is when Sebeck succeeded in the quest and to make a decision on the whole of human civilization. What’s the question that one might probably ask? I would let you to follow the excitement in reading both “Daemon” and “Freedom”.

P/S: This is the first fiction e-book that I have completed reading on my iPad.

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Bernard Leong

A Pragmatic Idealist