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Little Brother Hardcover – April 29, 2008
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It was with this in mind that I started to read Little Brother, and while I thought the book was a lot of fun to read, it probably wasn't nearly as cool as it would have been if I were fourteen years old.
Young Marcus Yallow, AKA w1n5t0n, AKA m1k3y, is a senior at Cesar Chavez high school in San Francisco, and he's what we used to call a "computer whiz" back when I was a kid. Marcus has an excellent grasp of how systems work, and finds great pleasure and thrill in either strengthening or outwitting those systems. Thus, he is able to fool the various security measures in place in his school building so that he can do the things his teachers don't want him to do - send IMs in class, sneak out whenever he wants, steal library books, that kind of thing. He's a hacker supreme, a trickster, and a very big fish in his little pond. He's so confident and cocky, in fact, that within twenty pages I wanted nothing more than to see him get his comeuppance.
Which is pretty much what happens. A series of bombs go off, destroying the Bay Bridge and killing thousands of people in an attack that dwarfs 9/11.Read more ›
The setting is the near future, when some ill-defined terrorist group decides to blow up the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Marcus, our hero, and several of his friends are picked up in a rather wide sweep by Homeland Security forces as possible suspects. And therein lies the tale, as the actions of the security forces clash violently with Marcus's idea of what is right and proper in the supposed land-of-the-free America. What Marcus decides to do about this situation is an instructional manual to the reader in just how personal freedom and privacy have been restricted and what can be done about it in today's very high-tech world of security cameras, RFIDs, cryptography, computer databases, and the insidious insinuation of propaganda both at our schools and into everything we see and hear on the internet and our TVs and from the mouths of our political leaders.
The story bubbles with suspense, and the actions that Marcus takes are very believable as something a seventeen-year old could actually do. It is very easy to identify with Marcus and become very sympathetic to his cause, while the situation itself is stark enough to frighten the daylights out of the reader as being all too possible.Read more ›
Little Brother is the first-person narrative of Marcus, a 17 year-old with a talent for technology. Doctorow gets Marcus' voice just right. He alternates between street-swagger and vulnerability, between naivete and expertise. I found him to be an entirely believable contradiction, which is a pretty good definition of a teenager. At first, I found Marcus' love of explaining technology a little irritating, but I couldn't figure out why. Then I realized that it reminded me of my own poorly restrained tendency to try to explain computers to anyone who would listen (35 years ago). Nothing reaches you quite like seeing your own flaws in the hero.
Marcus finds himself at the wrong place at the wrong time. Without revealing any plot details, suffice it to say that he comes to the attention of a law-enforcement agency with a broad remit and limited oversight. Deceit and mistrust test his family and friendships as he comes face to face with the conflict between personal safety and the responsibilities of a citizen.
Cory Doctorow has managed to create a wonderful fusion of science fiction, action novel, political thriller, and whimsical romp. It's very hard to bring those elements together, but he has succeeded admirably. I haven't seen anyone pull this off since "The Long Run" by Daniel Keys Moran.
Buy it. Read it. Buy copies for your kids. Once they start reading it, they'll finish it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a gripping page turner that teens should love. Great characters, satisfying plotting, and enough technical stuff to delight the tech nerds. And an important message. Read morePublished 7 days ago by ernest drown
Read this for a literature class. Many of the people in class thought it didn't match the other class offerings, but I thought it was a GREAT read!!! Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
A brilliant and somewhat scary update to Orwell's 1984, with a teenage protagonist fighting against the NSA police state.Published 16 days ago by Matthew Abrams
I had trouble putting this one down. The technology was a little over my head in places (and there's a lot of it), but it was fast paced, thought-provoking, and kept me on the edge... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Gail Strevy
Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I picked it up and before i knew it, the book was over and it was 2am. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Thomas Mealey
Purchased as a gift, but was pleased with the size of the book! I worry buying paper back because sometimes they are really small, but this was a great size, came super fast before... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kim
His goal is completely transparent. I think it's quite possible that even the Young Adult readers may realize his agenda, but it was still fun to read. power to the people!Published 1 month ago by staceyg685
Excelent! Must read! Do you glimpse at wired? boingboing? Do you even use the net? (since you are looking at a review on it) What are you waiting for? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alej