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Little Brother

by Cory Doctorow

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Series: Little Brother (1)

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4,1633451,203 (4.05)2 / 259
  1. 221
    1984 by George Orwell (JFDR)
    JFDR: 1984's Big Brother is Little Brother's namesake.
  2. 100
    Feed by M. T. Anderson (kellyholmes)
  3. 50
    For the Win by Cory Doctorow (jshrop)
  4. 51
    Makers by Cory Doctorow (SheReads)
  5. 51
    The Hacker Crackdown: Law And Disorder On The Electronic Frontier by Bruce Sterling (persky)
    persky: The book that turned Doctorow on to the EFF and a real world account of various government agencies cracking down on teenage hackers.
  6. 20
    After by Francine Prose (meggyweg)
  7. 31
    Eastern Standard Tribe by Cory Doctorow (ahstrick)
  8. 20
    Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow (PghDragonMan)
  9. 10
    Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government Saving Privacy in the Digital Age by Steven Levy (kraaivrouw)
  10. 10
    Ink by Sabrina Vourvoulias (reconditereader)
    reconditereader: Both involve dystopias, resistance, oppression, technology, and interesting characters.
  11. 10
    Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho by Jon Katz (writecathy)
  12. 10
    The Media Monopoly by Ben H. Bagdikian (strande)
    strande: In chapter thirteen, Ange and Marcus call the media whores. "In fact, that's an insult to hardworking whores everywhere. They're, they're profiteers." Media Monopoly is a whole book about how the media turned into profiteers.
  13. 10
    Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For knowledge, the use and distribution, general purpose. Best for teens.
  14. 10
    The Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashjian (JFDR)
  15. 10
    So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld (kellyholmes)
  16. 44
    Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (JFDR)
  17. 00
    Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson (kaledrina)
  18. 00
    Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky (kaledrina)
  19. 00
    Winkie by Clifford Chase (infiniteletters)
  20. 00
    Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (whymaggiemay)
    whymaggiemay: Both about teens fighting back against the greater power using computers.

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An wonderful warning of what could happen should the government disregard privacy. ( )
  ethanlu121 | May 2, 2016 |

Ameno y educativo. Muy recomendable para quien no tenga mucha idea sobre seguridad.
Un poco demasiado peliculero y lenguaje es demasiado simple. ( )
  trusmis | Apr 30, 2016 |
I had never heard of this book before reading it for the coursera SF and F class--so I was shocked to find it my favorite book of the class.

It's YA, but this is high school YA, not middle school.

Fascinating, and I wish I could get my high schooler to read it. After the Bay Bridge is bombed, the DHS goes into SF and begins instituting "surveillance to catch terrorists". Really, they are catching anyone they can and accusing them of being terrorists. High school hackers work to undermine and then expose their methods, lies, and their secret prison on Treasure Island.

Would also be a great book for classroom discussion. ( )
  Dreesie | Apr 12, 2016 |
A fun story that lets you really hate the bad guys and cheer for the good guys. A nice combination of social commentary and hacker culture. Not as good as "Ready Player One" but still pretty good. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
Marcus and his three best friends skip high school to play an ARG, and find themselves in the middle of a terrorist attack on San Francisco. Marcus's best friend Darryl is injured, but when they try to get medical help for him, they are instead arrested as terrorists. Several tense days later, after being denied due process and tormented by the nameless people in charge, Marcus, Jolu and Van are released. But Darryl is not--and so begins Marcus's quest for answers and vengeance.
As modern day revolutions go, this is a pretty good one. Doctorow gets good mileage out of contemporary geek culture (LARPS, social networking, memes) and current technology (rfi tags, mmorpgs, camera phones). His teens feel believable, and the stakes to their rebellion against a burgeoning police state feel high and real. My only problems with the book are the infodumps and strawmen. Everytime Marcus is in school, he has a debate about civil liberties with someone. Several characters (his social studies teachers, Charles and his vice principal) exist only for this purpose. Meanwhile, any time Marcus does something sneaky he explains for paragraphs how the gizmo/crack he's using works. Ugh, either I already know or I'll google it if I care.

Read it online here. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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Little Brother represents a great step forward in the burgeoning subgenre of dystopian young-adult SF. It brings a greater degree of political sophistication, geekiness and civil disobedience to a genre that was already serving up a milder dose of rebellion. After this, no YA novel will be able to get away with watering down its youthful revolution.
 
MY favorite thing about “Little Brother” is that every page is charged with an authentic sense of the personal and ethical need for a better relationship to information technology, a visceral sense that one’s continued dignity and independence depend on it: “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.”

I can’t help being on this book’s side, even in its clunkiest moments. It’s a neat story and a cogently written, passionately felt argument.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Cory Doctorowprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hayden, Patrick NielsenEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heyborne, KirbyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hoteling, SpringDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Huang, AndrewAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lutjen, PeterCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schneier, BruceAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shimizu, YukoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The ultimate tale of teen rebellion -- one seventeen-year-old against the surveillance state. Big Brother is watching you. Who's watching back? Marcus 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 no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765319853, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:29 -0400)

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After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.… (more)

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