Homeland, Cory Doctorow


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  1. bachbooks Says:

    In this sequel to Little Brother, Marcus crosses paths with the fugitive duo Masha and Zeb at Burning Man, and Masha entrusts him with a flash drive asking that, if anything should happen to her, he release the information it contains. Shortly after this, he also encounters his nemesis, Carrie Johnstone, and fears she may have recaptured Masha and Zeb. Marcus eventually devises a means to release the data without it being traced back to him. The dirty dealings detailed in the data inspire massive street protests and an ensuing police crackdown. For his day job, Marcus works for the political campaign of Joe Noss, an independent candidate who wants to change our political system for the better.

    While I didn’t like Homeland as much as Little Brother, I did enjoy reading this fictionalized account of actual events and entities like Burning Man, Anonymous, WikiLeaks, and the Occupy Movement. Doctorow writes about weighty topics in a manner which both engages and informs. He clearly respects the intelligence and intellectual curiosity of his readers. His portrayals and promotion of cutting edge technologies still appeal to the technologically inclined. I found the various relationships described in Homeland more confusing and less compelling than those in Little Brother, but I would encourage fans of Little Brother to read this sequel nonetheless for an update on M1k3y’s world and a critique of ours.

    Rating: 3 stars

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

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