Paramount and Parkes/MacDonald are developing a movie based on Daemon, Daniel Suarez's techno-thriller novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will produce the project, which centers on an iconic game designer who, before he died, set up a program to fight mankind, with the story then exploring the ensuing man-vs.-machine battle. A daemon is a computer program that runs without the direct control of a human.
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Suarez originally self-published his novel, but the book became so popular that it caught the attention of mainstream houses, with Penguin Group imprint Dutton acquiring the rights and bringing out the book this month. A sequel titled Freedom is also in the works and has been acquired by Dutton.
If you love display technology, this will be a really exciting book But Suarez isn't just taking on one big idea, he's meticulously building a world, complete with new cryptocurrencies, crowdsourced surveillance methods, and other moderately interesting extrapolations of present-day technology. This often means dragging the action to a standstill to prove he's done his homework. Change Agent fixates on the minutiae of payment processing, security authentication, and display technology with more verve than action sequences or character development.
If Daniel Suarez had written Marathon Man, it would be a novel about choosing the best long-distance running attire. Meanwhile, the book’s anemic, redundant prose ruins tense moments. When a character names a villain while quaking in terror, the narrative assures us that “the man was greatly feared” a paragraph later. Dutton Sci-fi novels and techno-thrillers often go heavy on exposition. But it works best when used to describe something that's difficult to imagine, like a far-flung space station, or thematically important, like Tom Clancy’s fetishized military tech.
Beyond the extreme genetic modification, Change Agent is future-by-numbers, although it offers a few evocative ideas — like drug dealers who 3D-print custom narcotics from formulae tattooed on junkies’ arms, or a biomechanical shark used for international smuggling. I know this sounds cool, but you’ll only reach it after reading about characters taking endless minor actions on their “LFP glasses,” which is as irritating as an author appending “with a smartphone” to every digital interaction in a contemporary novel. The best moments take genetic engineering to a creepy logical endpoint Change Agent starts to hit its stride in the last third of the book, when advanced genetic engineering comes to the forefront. Its vision of the future is never mind-blowing, but it's chilling and tragic when Durand sees a sociopathic endpoint for designer babies: children with uncanny adult intelligence on one hand, malformed experiments and pitiless child soldiers on the other. The book's strangest technical leap also gives us its most effective antagonist, a lonely killer with apocalyptic ambitions and genes that are literally hostile to human life.