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... show more
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.
Publish date: April 13th 2010
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction
, Speculative Fiction
Series: Little Brother (#1)
Cory Doctorow wrote a book about a possible reality that could happen any second in our day-to-day lives. In Little Brother terrorists attack San Francisco and as a result Homeland Security uses the potential threat that anyone could be a terrorist to supervise every single person creating a totalit...
Seventeen-year-old Marcus studies at a normal school in San Francisco set in the very near future. In this case normal school means total surveillance over the students, complete control over their movement and what they read. Marcus is knowledgeable and rebellious enough to fool the system into giv...
***Note: this review assumes that you've read the book.*** One-sentence summary: this was one of the most agonizing, interminable reads ever, with the author's voice dominating the plot and the characters. I was surprised by how much this book annoyed me. Not for the political reasons that may h...
Fast-paced polemic, a prequel to 1984 and Brave New World, showing us how what's happening today (surveillance state, militarized policing) marches us toward that kind of future. Too didactic ("everyone should learn to program--here's how") and with a typical YA too-perfect first-person boy narrator...
Natasha read this and loved it, talking me into starting as soon as she was done. It deals realistically with both the surveillance on students today in the US, and on what could happen in the immediate wake of another large-scale terrorist attack. It includes the sort of torture we know our governm...