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ISBN13: 9780765323118
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Beverly B, January 20, 2014 (view all comments by Beverly B)
In light of all of the information coming out about NSA spy networks, Little Brother is more timely now than when it first appeared shortly after 9/11. It is almost prophetic and very scary. Marcus and his friends cut out of school one afternoon and just as they are meeting up, there is a terrorist attack on San Francisco. The attack originated very near where Marcus and his friends were gathering. Homeland Security decides they were acting suspiciously and grabs them off the street and takes them to a secret location for interrogation. Marcus has a more brains than common sense and when he gets mouthy and refuses to cooperate without a lawyer, he is held for several days, abused and finally put on a watch list. Marcus is a 17 year old tech genius. He can write programs too complicated for most experts and hack in to anything in minutes. He is also highly motivated by ethics and the Bill of Rights. He decides to launch a tech revolt to show the country how Homeland Security is abusing its power. His tactics are brilliant, creative and funny. Little Brother is suspenseful and filled with all kinds of information on the social media super highway and how it can be used for evil as well as good. Marcus and his friends are realistic and likable. I especially appreciated that they were not one dimensional clichés, and they show different points of view. I hope Marcus and his followers have more plans.
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11 Stories, August 11, 2012 (view all comments by 11 Stories)
After reading the first page of Little Brother, I couldn't put it down. The protagonist is smart and funny, and all the other characters are also fully developed yet completely different. Though I know my 15 year old nephew will understand all the techie details, for clueless dopes like me, the author explains everything in a clear and exciting way. All the tech tweeks and upgrades actually pertain to the storyline and allow the action to unfold. After reading this I want to test system, open my gadgets to see how they work, play dress up, and rock out in the streets! Mostly though, I want to learn more. Suddenly I'm curious about all the math and computer science classes offered on Coursera, which is something I consider totally bizarre.
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Barry Nordby, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Barry Nordby)
A timely read. I was immediately caught by the technology part of the story which is currently available and in use. It's not difficult to imagine this San Francisco when you look at current world events.
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rainbowgirl, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by rainbowgirl)
This is an amazing book. It really made me think about the government and terrorists and such. I really love a book that makes you question your ethics while being readable and this one fits perfectly. It just really captures so many emotions and leaves it for you to figure out who's right.
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jj2jiang, June 10, 2010 (view all comments by jj2jiang)
The worst terrorist attack ever to happen on U.S. soil- the bombing of Bay Bridge. It changes the whole world of security, and Marcus and his friends, having been at the wrong place at the wrong time, are caught up in the consequences. After being captured and dumped in a secret prison, they are mercilessly interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security to prove that they are not terrorists. San Fransisco, as Marcus finds when he is finally released, has been transformed into a police state where every citizen is treated like potential terrorist. It's all the work of the DHS, and Marcus, seventeen-year-old networking genius, is determined to take them down- tech style.

In so many ways, Little Brother is unlike any novel I have ever read. The story is striking in a way I have never thought about before; tech rebellion is a new and possibly more powerful idea than we think. This novel tells us that networking systems may play a bigger part in our future than we consider, and that is a theme you realize yourself as this book probes your imagination. This novel also makes us ponder the extents humans will go to in order to feel "safe"; if we take a step back, is "safe" honestly protecting us or instilling more fear? Cory Doctorow has succeeded in stirring our thoughts.

Little Brother is a novel written from the perspective of our protagonist, Marcus, whose character did not fail in making me laugh out loud. Full of action, geeky knowledge, and even romance, this novel is a great read for young adults. I read it in just a couple days and would recommend it to anyone. Little Brother has made my top reading list.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765323118
Publisher:
Tor Teen
Subject:
Science & Technology
Author:
Doctorow, Cory
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Love & Romance
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date:
20100413
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.26 x 5.52 x 1.09 in
Age Level:
from 14

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"Synopsis" by , BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU. WHO'S WATCHING BACK?
"Synopsis" by , A multiple award winner is now in paperback. A novel that is at once an entertaining thriller, a thoughtful polemic, and a practical handbook of digital age self-defense.--"The New York Times," Notable Children's Book of 2008.
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