Little Brother

by Cory Doctorow

Tom Doherty Associates | April 13, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Little Brother is rated 5 out of 5 by 6.

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 8.29 × 5.44 × 1.15 in

Published: April 13, 2010

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765323117

ISBN - 13: 9780765323118

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from ...and his "Big Brother" This was a phenomenal book. It really puts into perspective the concepts of security, safety, privacy, and freedom. This book is an easy way to understand some of the many problems we face in the world today from surveillance to net neutrality. It is not the larger than life heroes who will bring forth these changes but the little guy or girl who finally says, "that's enough." Glad I saw this book. Well worth the read.
Date published: 2014-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best in a long time I like Cory Doctorow, but this book is far better than anything I have read by him.
Date published: 2013-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This was a great book. First of all the fact that the main character is a guy is really good, i'm sick of all these books with girls as the main character. Second it's very realistic, it's scary but something like this can happen. Last but sure as hell not least this book was never boring. If you can read, you should read this book.
Date published: 2013-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I don't think the age rating is quite appropriate though.
Date published: 2012-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-read! Little Brother is a fantastic story — compelling, terrifying (not in a horror way) and eye opening. I think it’s a book that every teenager (and probably every adult too) should read. It makes you think twice about the things that you take for granted, and definitely makes you want to go back to carrying cash instead of cards. RFID blocking wallet? I think so! I’ve heard Cory Doctorow’s name mentioned over and over again, but I’d never read anything by him. What caught my eye with Little Brother was the blurb from Neil Gaiman on the book’s cover: “I’d recommend Little Brother over pretty much any book I’ve read this year.” Wow! High praise, right? How could I pass this book by? The answer is simple, I couldn’t. And folks, here’s some free advice, never pass up a recommendation by Neil Gaiman. The man is a genius, and he knows good books. Little Brother is the story of Marcus, a high school hacker who ends up being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Marcus and his friends cut class and end up being near the center of a terrorist attack on San Francisco. The teens get picked up by Homeland Security and the story evolves from there. Doctorow deals with some strong themes and very important ideas in Little Brother. This book will make people think — think about what they are willing to give up for the sake of safety, and think about whether or not that safety is just an illusion. After reading Little Brother, I feel very strongly that it’s a book that should be read and taught in High Schools. I think that the discussions that would arise from this book would be invaluable and hugely important for a generation of kids growing up in a world that is hugely different from the way it was ten years ago. The issues that Doctorow raises with Little Brother are ones that teenagers, and adults, really need to consider as the world we live in creeps closer and closer to the world of Orwell’s 1984. Doctorow’s book, which would work as a modern day companion piece to 1984, is very well written. The plot and characters are strong and the pacing is fantastic. I really, highly, recommend this book. It’s an important work of fiction.
Date published: 2012-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wasn't able to put it down Little Brother was a book I saw in my school's library and thought could be interesting; the comparision to George Orwell's 1984 helped this interest. This book is unlike anything I'd ever read -I went out and bought it a few days after finishing it and promptly told everyone I knew how much I had enjoyed it. I found the characters dynamic, the dialogue witty and the plot kept my interest every step of the way. There are not many books that I give up sleep for, but this was one of them. I thought this was a brilliant book and by the end I felt as if anything was possible; I felt as though my generation is capable of making an impact for the better. I found this book to be a call to arm's of sorts; stand up for what is right, do what you have to to be heard and don't let anyone tell you that you're too young to make any sort of difference. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to EVERYONE.
Date published: 2010-12-07

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Little Brother

Little Brother

by Cory Doctorow

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 8.29 × 5.44 × 1.15 in

Published: April 13, 2010

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765323117

ISBN - 13: 9780765323118

About the Book

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU. WHO'S WATCHING BACK?

Read from the Book

Chapter 1 I’m a senior at Cesar Chavez, High in San Francisco’s sunny Mission district, and that makes me one of the most surveilled people in the world. My name is Marcus Yallow, but back when this story starts, I was going by w1n5t0n. Pronounced "Winston." Not pronounced "Double-you-one-enn-five-tee-zero-enn"— unless you’re a clueless disciplinary officer who’s far enough behind the curve that you still call the Internet "the information superhighway." I know just such a clueless person, and his name is Fred Benson, one of three vice-principals at Cesar Chavez. He’s a sucking chest wound of a human being. But if you’re going to have a jailer, better a clueless one than one who’s really on the ball. "Marcus Yallow," he said over the PA one Friday morning. The PA isn’t very good to begin with, and when you combine that with Benson’s habitual mumble, you get something that sounds more like someone struggling to digest a bad burrito than a school announcement. But human beings are good at picking their names out of audio confusion—it’s a survival trait. I grabbed my bag and folded my laptop three-quarters shut—I didn’t want to blow my downloads—and got ready for the inevitable. "Report to the administration office immediately." My social studies teacher, Ms. Galvez, rolled her eyes at me and I rolled my eyes back at her. The Man was always coming down on me, just because I go through school firewalls like wet kleenex, spoof the gait-recognition software, and nuke the snitch ch
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From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Canadian-born Cory Doctorow is the co-editor of the popular blog BoingBoing. He is the author of the young adult novel For the Win, and his adult science fiction novels and short stories have won him three Locus Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He has been named one of the Web's twenty-five "influencers" by Forbes Magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17