Little Brother

Little Brother

Book - 2008
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Marcus, a.k.a "w1n5t0n," is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works-and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school's intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.

But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison where they're mercilessly interrogated for days.

When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.

Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2008
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780765319852
0765319853
Branch Call Number: FIC Docto 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 382 p

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This book was challenged or banned because it encouraged questioning of authority and "hacker" culture.


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 17, 2017

Little Brother, written by Cory Doctorow is an amazing insightful book, that is hugely inspired by the book 1984 written by George Orwell, with the idea of a controlling force (Big Brother). However, even though 1984 is a fantastic and suspense-filled story, Little Brother, is more directed for our modern millennials, with technology based on our generation and modern day global crises. With the concept of freedom over safety, and political fear against social fear, this book is a great read for anyone who likes to question the morals of society. The main character is a tech savvy and resourceful 17 year old boy by the name Marcus Yallow. He starts off being a very relatable and interesting character. When he comes face to face with the government's idea of safety and privacy against his own opinion, he develops a strong and passionate sentiment for his rights as an American. Furthermore, the reason this book is one you won’t forget, is that it shows it doesn't matter how old you are, what your gender is or how high your level of knowledge is, we can all do remarkable things to fight for equality. In this case, one seventeen year old boy with a couple of friends and technology by his side, decides to do the impossible, overthrow the government.
- @Because_Logic of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

AL_ERIKA Aug 08, 2016

This was absolutely fantastic. You got that vastly creepy and overwhelming feel like you get when you read 1984 but it managed to be more hopeful due to more people (mostly teen hackers) fighting the status quo. I would hands down recommend this for all ages. Doctorow also includes a list of suggested reads fiction as well as non-fiction.

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ilovecats2003
Jun 27, 2016

This book was an amazing book, that is custom tailored for computer nerds and people who love to read. This book follows Marcus Yellow, 17, after a San Francisco terrorist. He gets held in custody and when he gets out he fights them if it is everything he does. An amazing book with great detail and interesting plots. This book got me thinking and hooked on Cory Doctorow.

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mkastar
Feb 15, 2016

Finally a good book for teenage girls.

This book is one of the best I've read in my life. The conflicts made me question my opinions and become more educated about the subjects. This book is amazing.

Only rating it five stars because that's the highest the scale goes.

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Reiwai
Jul 16, 2015

Marcus Yallow is a 17 year old technophile in Cory Doctorow’s young adult fiction novel “Little Brother”. One day, Marcus and three of his friends skip school in order to play an online game called Harajuku Fun Madness. While doing one of the games quests which involves searching for clues in San Francisco, the group witnesses a terrorist attack on the city. Trying to get back home, one of his friends is stabbed and the group searches for help. They find a military jeep expecting for aid, only to be instead shackled and taken in for interrogation by the Department of Homeland Security. After 6 days of brutal interrogation, Marcus and two others are released. Angered, Marcus decides to revolt against the Department of Homeland Security by using technological means to reveal the truth. Using his knowledge of technology and help from others, Marcus stops at nothing to get his friend back and defeat the Department of Homeland Security.

“Little Brother” is a story that manages to pack important themes and messages in an easy to understand format for young adults. The story is written in first person from Marcus’ perspective. I thought that the informal writing style used was appropriate as it makes it easier for the books intended audience to understand. The theme of privacy versus security was something I found easy to connect with, and I think that it is a theme that many can also relate to. Personally, I found this book easy to understand. However, the one flaw I found was that the book uses terminology that those without an interest in technology may not have an easy time reading. “Little Brother” is a book that has powerful messages. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t recommend it to those who don’t have an interest in computer technology.

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sat7
May 01, 2015

I enjoyed this very much. Teen material set in a city I know very well. A good read.

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harolddarling
Apr 27, 2015

'Little Brother" is riddled with hundreds of excruciating clichés about San Francisco, and worst of all, the author failed to develop any of the characters beyond ironic cuteness. 'Little Brother" is a moronic and shitty little book, that is best avoided.

BookReviewer2015 Apr 24, 2015

An excellent and thought provoking book that combines teen romance, suspense, techno-thriller, political drama, and cyberpunk espionage all in one volume!

ehbooklover Mar 09, 2015

This gripping page-turner of a book is a combination of speculative fiction, action novel, and political thriller, with a little bit of romance thrown in for good measure. The subject of personal freedom VS safety is a timely one and this book provided lots of food for thought.

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waltzingechidna
Aug 31, 2014

Speculative future in the truest sense--this is a "what if" future that could all too easily happen tomorrow. Tightly plotted with high and very real stakes for very real characters, this story takes place in a very true-to-life San Francisco. Doctorow shows us why we should care about online privacy and the real-world repercussions of the Patriot Act, while taking us on a wild romp with the hacker next door. I highly recommend this book to just about everyone.

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Jun 27, 2016

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Mar 31, 2015

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Oct 25, 2014

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TheBigMan
Sep 22, 2011

Sexual Content: First book I've read in which a character has sex. Also there is sexual dialog as well.

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Jvorstenbosch
Mar 11, 2011

Sexual Content: It gets a bit, steamy if ya know what i mean, nearer the end.

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Nia1217
Jul 26, 2014

The Xnetters weren't happy about the stepped-up police serveillance, but they weren't gong to take it laying down.

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liza
Jan 21, 2009

“My technology was working for me, serving me, protecting me. It wasn’t spying on me. This is why I loved technology: if you used it right, it could give you power and privacy.”

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liza
Jan 21, 2009

Marcus is a likable if undeniably cocky hero — he hacks cellphones, sasses clueless authority figures and quotes the Declaration of Independence from memory. That cockiness gets scuffed a little in the disaster, and both the story and Marcus himself acquire grit and interest as a result. The fear and humiliation he experiences in interrogation are vividly detailed, and after­ward Marcus takes a principled stand that leads him into an ingenious program of resistance and civil rights activism.

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