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Homeland by Cory Doctorow

Homeland (original 2013; edition 2013)

by Cory Doctorow

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Authors:Cory Doctorow
Info:Tor Teen (2013), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 400 pages
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Homeland by Cory Doctorow (2013)




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‘When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.’ - Marcus Yallow

Marcus Yallow’s mantra seems like the type of statement you would hear from someone who panics when things go wrong – not at all your typical hero. But what defines a hero is not the size of his muscles, or a cool and calm demeanor in a crisis, but a willingness to tilt at windmills, even when those windmills are the Department of Homeland Security.

Life is bleak for Marcus. When his parents both lose their jobs due to an ever-declining economy, he has to drop out of school at UC Berkeley. But an amazing quirk of fate lands him the ideal dream job – webmaster for an idealistic independent politician. So what should Marcus do when he is given a flash drive that contains an amazing amount of data depicting some pretty heinous crimes … committed by the government? If he releases this information to the internet, he puts his perfect job at risk, but his conscience tells him he needs to do something to help prevent these violations from proliferating. This story was a brilliant combination of morality tale and techno thriller adventure. For people who want action, there is plenty as Marcus is chased through the streets of San Francisco by people who can trace your every move via cell phone, web cam, or IP address. It is also one of those stories that presents its characters with a moral dilemma. We know there are injustices in the world. Isn’t it easier just to keep our nose to the grindstone and let someone else battle the bullies? This is the type of book that will not only make you want to think, but also make you want to fix some of the wrongs in the world. You’ll feel like you have to do something, even if it’s just running around in circles and screaming and shouting.

If you are debating on whether you should read this book in print, or listen in audio, the choice is obvious. LISTEN to this book. The narration is perfectly performed by Wil Wheaton (yes, Wil Wheaton of Star Trek fame) and the best part? Wil Wheaton makes a cameo appearance in the story. I also loved that Cory Doctorow doesn’t just write David vs. Goliath stories about individuals against the establishment, but walks the talk. The first track of this book is a passionate discourse by the author on why his book isn’t available from Audible. As you can imagine, Audible’s requirement of forcing DRM (Digital Rights Management) would rub someone who is as passionate about individual rights as Doctorow the wrong way. So much that this book is not available from Audible, who has the lion’s share of the audio download market.

Great story – entertaining and it will inspire you to do your part to change the world, bringing out the hero in all of us.

I received a free download of this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  jmoncton | Jul 1, 2014 |
I would say its by far the worst Cory Doctorow book i've read (and I've read a large number of them). It reads like an advertisement / fangasiming for all of his favorite things online. Lots of name dropping.

There are a large number of elements of the book I liked. I really want to build stuff, even tempted to try to get re-involved with the local hackerspace. I found the ending a bit disappointing.

I'm not sure I'd recommend it, but I don't regret reading it. ( )
  halkeye | Feb 6, 2014 |
Nice sequel to Little Brother, dealing again with government overreach and potential and actual abuse of power. ( )
  pbruiter | Jan 6, 2014 |
A sequel to Little Brother, this time involving the further mischief done by a contractor for Homeland Security, an election campaign that might restore hope after a disastrous economic collapse that took hope from young people and saddled them with debt, and a trove of incriminating documents that need to see the light of day - preferrably without landing our young hero in prison. Timely and thought-provoking. More thoughts at http://barbarafister.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/the-paranoid-style-in-american-lit... .
  bfister | Dec 23, 2013 |
Marcus gets mixed up in a world of espionage, political campaigns and protests due to his computer savvy manners. ( )
  stornelli | Dec 10, 2013 |
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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.
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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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