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Homeland by Cory Doctorow

Homeland (2013)

by Cory Doctorow

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Series: Little Brother (2)

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At first glance, Homeland is classic Doctorow. Let us review what that means:

1. A declining freedoms issue at the forefront of the story, presented in a black and white context, which spills over into black and white characters. Either they're heroes or complete douchebags. An overall lack of subtlety.

2. Plausible description of society under the rule of such freedom-encroaching laws. Not overdone, the sky is not falling, but not sugar-coating or dismissing the effects either - the nasty stuff is in there.

3. Implausible way of how a group of teenagers outsmarts the collective "homeland security" industry and government.

4. Good knowledge and utilization of existing, real-life technology that the characters use to overcome their obstacles, or else is used against them by the bad guys.

For the most part, this still holds true in Homeland. However, as the novel draws closer to the end, it starts getting more apparent that our boy Cory, as well as his characters, have done a bit of growing recently.

Marcus Yallow, our hero, is not as idealistic as he used to be. He does start wondering if this is all worth it and at what cost, and if he really is able to make a difference at all. He is tempted by a less than magnanimous deal that would buy him some peace. And, he notices that even if you elect the right people into office, it does not necesserily. All I have to say is, finally!

Although you don't really see it till nearly the end, there is at least one grey character in there. Somebody who looks like he might be the best guy ever, but when push comes to shove, he might take the easier route out.

Hell, there is even a hint that the messed up DHS/private sector rah rah supertrooper might have some personality beyond that of a Nazi concentration camp guard. Just a hint, though, we don't even want to see her as human, having a messed up family or breast cancer or shit like that.

I have issues with the ending, since it doesn't really resolve anything, but that might just be keeping up with the newer, grayer dimension of Cory's world - good does not always triumph over evil. Besides, if the open ending leads to another novel, who am I to complain? ( )
  matija2019 | Jan 8, 2019 |
This sequel to 'Little Brother' joins Marcus Yallow some years after the events of Little Brother, still trying to extricate himself from the evil clutches of the security services.
Does not have the punch of the first entry, though I am minded to try cold filtered coffee!
  orkydd | Feb 2, 2017 |
Disappointing, but still entertaining. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
Im not even sure how to review Little Brother and Homeland on a pure writing level. There's just so much good information and so many interesting ideas in there. I absolutely recommend these to people of any age as an introduction to privacy, activism, and making stuff with technology. I think they're really fun to read too. ( )
  typo180 | Jan 2, 2017 |
wow this is a well writen and researched book. lots of interest for the geek and normal alike, flows well and keeps you gripped. im adding this to my youthworker website and recommending it to young people and old people.

read it, then check out the guardian project for android.linux tails (replaced paranoid linux) they are watching you. ( )
  troyka | May 5, 2016 |
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Mr. Doctorow is bang up-to-date (as Orwell never was) on the uses of rapidly changing technology, both good and bad. If you want to keep up, there's a four-page appendix on how to protect your privacy and use the Net productively—so long as you're allowed, that is.
added by sgump | editWall Street Journal, Tom Shippey (Feb 19, 2013)

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A current day story about teens use of technology that gets them mixed up with political campaigns, espionage, and hacking government documents. It was too long and drawn out with descriptions that would only appeal to like minded computer geeks.
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When Marcus, once called M1k3y, receives a thumbdrive containing evidence of corporate and governmental treachery, his job, fame, family, and well-being, as well as his reform-minded employer's election campaign, are all endangered.

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