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Little Brother

Little Brother
Cory Doctorow
Tor
Publish date: 2008-04-29
$9.99
9780765319852
Paperback

Synopsis:

For ages 13-18.

Review:

Marcus (a.k.a. w1n5t0n or M1k3y) is a seventeen year old technology geek-genius. He knows how to make the system work for him: reprogramming school laptops, encrypting files, writing codes, building computers, and disabling security cameras. His life seemed to be going extremely well in his home town of San Francisco until he and his friends, while skipping school one day, are caught in the middle of the biggest terrorist attack the United States has ever seen. In the midst of all the ruckus they are taken hostage by the Department of Homeland Security and brought to a secret military prison for suspected terrorists. They are viciously interrogated for days with no access to an attorney and treated terribly because they did not cooperate. Marcus is terrified and disgusted, knowing that the Department of Homeland Security is disregarding the Constitution. Finally Marcus and his friends are let go, only to find that San Francisco has been turned into a police state where everyone is treated as potential terrorists. The citizens are monitored constantly, under GPS surveillance, and taken in for interrogation at the slightest abnormality. Vowing not to let the Department of Homeland Security get away with its behavior, Marcus and his friends begins to use their great technological knowledge to fight back against the government.

Little Brother is a fast paced, fascinating, yet informative read with a political bite. Cory Doctorow, the co-author of the famous technological blog Boing Boing, puts it all on the table.

   
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