Little Brother

Little Brother

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
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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.
Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, c2008
ISBN: 9780739372883
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

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May 07, 2019

This is a great book. The characters are excellent and the way Cory Doctorow explains everything that you may not know (crypto etc.) Overall, a book that cannot be put down.

this book is bad

Vilka Dec 01, 2018

Breathtaking page-turner about computer-savvy kids who start a covert resistance to a rights-tramping Homeland Security surveillance state that starts up after a terrorist attack on San Francisco, and become viewed as security threats themselves. Fast-moving, suspenseful thriller that feels eerily real considering current events, and you happen to learn a bit of real-life technology, statistics and ciphers in a way that blends seamlessly with the story!

Nov 29, 2018

Good one by Cory Doctorow. Fast moving, great character development, interesting premise, well developed. The fiction in Science Fiction is kept within bounds although Homeland Security might disagree.

Jun 25, 2017

This young adult novel offers a cautionary tale about government oppression through increasing surveillance and loss of civil liberties justified by a terrorist attack. The description of hacks to get around on-line and physical tracking was interesting.

Mar 17, 2017

Little Brother, written by Cory Doctorow is an amazing insightful book, that is hugely inspired by the book 1984 written by George Orwell, with the idea of a controlling force (Big Brother). However, even though 1984 is a fantastic and suspense-filled story, Little Brother, is more directed for our modern millennials, with technology based on our generation and modern day global crises. With the concept of freedom over safety, and political fear against social fear, this book is a great read for anyone who likes to question the morals of society. The main character is a tech savvy and resourceful 17 year old boy by the name Marcus Yallow. He starts off being a very relatable and interesting character. When he comes face to face with the government's idea of safety and privacy against his own opinion, he develops a strong and passionate sentiment for his rights as an American. Furthermore, the reason this book is one you won’t forget, is that it shows it doesn't matter how old you are, what your gender is or how high your level of knowledge is, we can all do remarkable things to fight for equality. In this case, one seventeen year old boy with a couple of friends and technology by his side, decides to do the impossible, overthrow the government.
- @Because_Logic of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

ArapahoeErika Aug 08, 2016

This was absolutely fantastic. You got that vastly creepy and overwhelming feel like you get when you read 1984 but it managed to be more hopeful due to more people (mostly teen hackers) fighting the status quo. I would hands down recommend this for all ages. Doctorow also includes a list of suggested reads fiction as well as non-fiction.

Jun 27, 2016

This book was an amazing book, that is custom tailored for computer nerds and people who love to read. This book follows Marcus Yellow, 17, after a San Francisco terrorist. He gets held in custody and when he gets out he fights them if it is everything he does. An amazing book with great detail and interesting plots. This book got me thinking and hooked on Cory Doctorow.

Feb 15, 2016

Finally a good book for teenage girls.

This book is one of the best I've read in my life. The conflicts made me question my opinions and become more educated about the subjects. This book is amazing.

Only rating it five stars because that's the highest the scale goes.

Jul 16, 2015

Marcus Yallow is a 17 year old technophile in Cory Doctorow’s young adult fiction novel “Little Brother”. One day, Marcus and three of his friends skip school in order to play an online game called Harajuku Fun Madness. While doing one of the games quests which involves searching for clues in San Francisco, the group witnesses a terrorist attack on the city. Trying to get back home, one of his friends is stabbed and the group searches for help. They find a military jeep expecting for aid, only to be instead shackled and taken in for interrogation by the Department of Homeland Security. After 6 days of brutal interrogation, Marcus and two others are released. Angered, Marcus decides to revolt against the Department of Homeland Security by using technological means to reveal the truth. Using his knowledge of technology and help from others, Marcus stops at nothing to get his friend back and defeat the Department of Homeland Security.

“Little Brother” is a story that manages to pack important themes and messages in an easy to understand format for young adults. The story is written in first person from Marcus’ perspective. I thought that the informal writing style used was appropriate as it makes it easier for the books intended audience to understand. The theme of privacy versus security was something I found easy to connect with, and I think that it is a theme that many can also relate to. Personally, I found this book easy to understand. However, the one flaw I found was that the book uses terminology that those without an interest in technology may not have an easy time reading. “Little Brother” is a book that has powerful messages. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t recommend it to those who don’t have an interest in computer technology.

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Sep 22, 2011

Sexual Content: First book I've read in which a character has sex. Also there is sexual dialog as well.

Mar 11, 2011

Sexual Content: It gets a bit, steamy if ya know what i mean, nearer the end.


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Jul 26, 2014

The Xnetters weren't happy about the stepped-up police serveillance, but they weren't gong to take it laying down.

Jan 21, 2009

“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.”


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Jan 21, 2009

Marcus is a likable if undeniably cocky hero — he hacks cellphones, sasses clueless authority figures and quotes the Declaration of Independence from memory. That cockiness gets scuffed a little in the disaster, and both the story and Marcus himself acquire grit and interest as a result. The fear and humiliation he experiences in interrogation are vividly detailed, and after­ward Marcus takes a principled stand that leads him into an ingenious program of resistance and civil rights activism.

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