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Homeland Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Now the main character, several years older, has gone from agitator to hapless follower. He is sucked into a story with the same heavy-handed government types trampling on the rights of the citizenry in the same ways as before, but he doesn't seem to have the energy to fight it any more. Instead, he spends most of the book waffling about what he should do, following around others that are resisting, and narrating long-winded explanations of complex technologies that honestly don't have much to do with the plot of the book. I think the author just felt that since the first book had a fair amount of cutting edge technology in it, this one should too.
Really, it was a mess. I found myself skipping the pages of techno-jargon in the second half of the book, and that's never a good sign. I kept waiting for the main character to wake up and make his stand, but it never happened. And then, with a magic puff of smoke, another person goes and resolves everything for him and the book ends. A real letdown.
Things are going to heck in a hand basket in near future San Fransisco as the number of employed people is steadily dropping. Marcus has dropped out of college and is desperately looking for a job. And people are looking for Marcus. I could not tell when the book is set other than the near future (it was published in 2013).
There is a huge backstory going in the book about the high cost of college education in the USA and some apparent usury going on in student loan fees. I have no idea about the student loan usury. And yes, college has gotten very expensive in the USA.
There is a public domain version of the book at craphound.com.
Covered in this story are the issues facing us today in regards to privacy and transparency of our governments. Sprinkled throughout are short "How tos" on how to secure your privacy and anonymity.
It's categorized as "Young Adult" or "Teen Reader", but this is a novel that can be read by 5th graders up to 90 year old's. It's topics and poignancy are just as applicable to anyone in that entire range.
Now, Doctorow seems to have a writing style that you either love, or hate. So, if you loved "Little Brother", you'll love this book. If you hated "Little Brother", you'll hate this one.
"If this and its sequel "Homeland" don't scare the bejesus out of you then you deserve to live in a totalitarian state. And certainly current events suggest this isn't a science fiction story - NSA comes to mind. Yes, it's not quite as polished as I would have liked. The problem w/ technology is that it dates quickly. And clearly those who aren't IT geeks may have trouble following along the details. But you should pay attention to what you are giving up for convenience - your cell phone does contain GPS, your phone calls are recorded, your email is collected. Your life is not your own private world. If you think this could not happen, you are wrong. And if you equate security w/ secrecy, if you think that only bad people fear scrutiny, if you think your government can't be corrupted by those who put profit and power ahead of everything, you are wrong. It would be so much easier than you ever imagine.Read it and think."
I don't think I have anything more to say.