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Hacker School Trilogy: Training Human Rights Hacktivists Paperback – March 26, 2011
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From the Author
Books Are Like Laws
Even when ethically handled: They are written by people with political views they consider normal. They are taught to others by teachers possessing an intrinsic political slant. They are perceived by readers according to individual interpretations.
Because they contradict each other in writing, teaching, perception of intent, and application they can be honestly selected to support any world view. Know this of everyone. What we read is not what was written; it's what our trained mind is selecting.
Books and laws reinforce bias and prejudice -- confirming what we believe and do; no matter how ridiculous.
Unless you make an effort to understand: the rules you were taught are not the real world -- neither are the words I write.
From the Inside Flap
Since we won't change, what will follow dystopia?
The future can belong to free people and their self-selected communities. Thanks to technological advances in communication these communities may not be limited by location, race, gender, or other antiquated borders.
We could accommodate this diversity today without resorting to promotion or censure; we really could. Yet you and I know that the crumbling bureaucracies and institutions surrounding us don't have leaders with the will power to make unpopular choices -- they are too busy breaking into the vault as our cities prepare to burn.
But we also know that the history of humankind is a chronicle of advances, tempered by periods of monumental setbacks. We will rise again from the ashes of our hubris, and soar once again toward the heavens.
This book sets up the cyberhug.me trilogy, but more importantly it reveals a possible future. You can imagine and then create other futures.
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Unfortunately, the story line and potential to explore an interesting possible future get left behind in the author's obvious desire to get his point across: all secrets are bad. This is delivered in the form of dialogue between characters who all agree with each other, leaving little room for character or plot development, and certainly never exploring a differing point of view.
His points are interesting and thought-provoking, but could have been even better if written either in an outright treatise or hidden artfully in excellent science fiction. Unfortunately, the book was neither.
Having said that, it was a quick read, and I don't really regret the time I spent on it. I guess I'd just like to see the author develop his talent into something great.
The idea of a post-apocalyptic future where a group of young people come together to hack into pre-collapse information may have potential, but the story was hamstrung by the author's unyielding desire to hammer his audience with a ideological point of view. Can an ideological novel be successful? Definitely. Can an ideological novel be successful if the author sacrifices components of basic storytelling to serve his ideology? Unlikely.
Char, the main character, is an eleven-year-old who never acts like an eleven-year-old. She's always the smartest person in the room - and not just the smartest, but also the best at fighting. A grown man trained in fighting tells her that he's confident that she could beat him - why, I'm just not sure. Because she fought other kids? When she finally gets to the hacking school, they - knowing very little about her - let her know that they're basically building the entire school around her. She says she doesn't trust anybody, but she's willing to lap up all the pseudo-profound insights the main school admin gives her about information and the nature of freedom. When she wants to talk about something, they suspend school for three days to give her a chance to lecture everybody and then they tell she's graduated. I really don't understand why the author didn't make her character older - maybe it becomes clear in later stories.
It's a farrago of sophomoric "insights" about the free flow of information and wish fulfillment. Whenever you run into a character who is the best at everything ever, you have to wonder - who does this character represent for the author? She's certainly not like any real person you could ever run across. Every couple of pages you're getting a stream of clunky exposition and political theory mixed with blandly unrealistic characters.
While somewhat lacking in character development, I am hoping that the next books in the series fill in the gaps. I definitely want to continue reading on.
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