Little Brother, Cory Doctorow

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  1. bachbooks Says:

    Summary:
    When terrorists attack San Francisco and blow up the Bay Bridge, budding hacker Marcus (aka. W1n5t0n) and three gamer friends get spirited away by the Department of Homeland Security. After a few harrowing days of captivity and interrogation, Marcus, Van, and Jolu are released, but Darryl remains a ghost prisoner in a secret prison, and Marcus vows to fight the DHS with every weapon at his disposal. Using the pseudonym “M1k3y,” Marcus organizes and rallies a hacker collective dubbed the “Xnet.” This online community gathers on the Internet and in person to subvert the DHS and promote basic American (Constitutional) freedoms.

    Evaluation:
    As a fan of Orwell’s 1984, I found Little Brother a most compelling read. Following Marcus into the depths of the Xnet in his fight for freedom taught me much about computer security and surveillance in an entertaining way. Even when the plot slowed for the mini-lectures strung like pearls throughout the novel, Little Brother kept me reading to find out what might happen next. While 1984, unfortunately, retains relevance after all these years, Little Brother serves as a 1984 for the Patriot Act generation. I wonder if modern whistle blowers like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden read and drew inspiration from Little Brother.

    Rating: 4 stars

    Recommendations: 1984, Divergent, A Clockwork Orange, Brave New World, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

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