Little Brother #2020

Little Brother By Cory Doctorow Little Brother Marcus aka w n t n 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 tro

  • Title: Little Brother
  • Author: Cory Doctorow
  • ISBN: 9780765319852
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Little Brother By Cory Doctorow Marcus aka 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 aMarcus aka 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, his injured best friend Darryl does not come out The 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 M1k3y will take down the DHS himself.
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    About "Cory Doctorow"

    1. Cory Doctorow

      Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger the co editor of Boing Boing and the author of the YA graphic novel In Real Life, the nonfiction business book Information Doesn t Want To Be Free, and young adult novels like Homeland, Pirate Cinema, and Little Brother and novels for adults like Rapture Of The Nerds and Makers He is a Fellow for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co founded the UK Open Rights Group Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles.

    669 thoughts on “Little Brother”

    1. There is a reason why totalitarian governments ban books The reason is that books can change the world Uncle Tom s Cabin and Frederick Douglass autobiography opened people s eyes to the evils of slavery Anne Frank s Diary taught us that genocide kills innocent young girls To Kill a Mockingbird showed us that justice isn t always just and that people should be judged by their character rather than the color of their skin The Grapes of Wrath opened our eyes to the plight of migrant farm workers 19 [...]


    2. It s not about doing something shameful It s about doing something private It s about your life belonging to you What do you value privacy or security What if the endless security measures lull you into thinking you re safe but are in fact little but an excuse for a tight grip on your, ahem, unmentionables in order to keep you meek and docile Billed as a young adult book, Cory Doctorow s Little Brother, despite its decidedly young voice and a few overexplanations aimed at chronologically underc [...]


    3. Just finished reading the free.pdf version of Cory Doctorow s Little Brother.The writing is not the tightest I have ever read, nor does it even begin to exude elegance, but it does a decent job of keeping you reading.I was incredibly put off by the chapter start bookstore dedications It felt like a weird meta sort of pandering This is what you do when you are relentlessly self promotional You tell people you like them, and tell everyone in the world their name and where they live The obligation [...]


    4. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow hits some sensitive themes over and over in a narrative of the sooner rather than later dystopian problems following a post 9 11 terrorist attack on America, this time in San Francisco Making an obvious tip of the cap to George Orwell, Doctorow begins his story in 2015 with hip, techie teenager Marcus and his exploits trying to avoid problems with his assistant principal Geeky adolescent shenanigans are quickly interrupted by the attack and the subsequent martial [...]


    5. In an attempt to win over a new generation of sci fi readers, Cory Doctorow s Little Brother is marketed as a young adult book However, adult readers shouldn t worry that Doctorow s book will leave them behind or have them feeling juvenile for reading it Little Brother is a mature, contemporary novel that looks at the issue of security in a near future that doesn t seem too far from today When San Francisco is attacked by terrorists, seventeen year old hacker Marcus and his friends are out playi [...]


    6. What sounds from the description like a fun techno thriller tinged with lefty politics is instead a didactic bore of a blog entry masquerading as a novel I agree with the politics of the book it s the bad writing I have a problem with It seems Doctorow was so concerned with conveying his Important Message that he forgot that long lectures tend to kill plot momentum He also forgot about credible characters and dialogue that sounds like a real human being would actually say it A colossal disappoin [...]


    7. I m feeling totally weird about feeling so unenthusiastic about this book as everyone I know who has read it seems to have loved it Just see that it got another star, this one from the Horn Book Seems like I m the only person on earth who didn t Ah well Cory, if you are reading this stop I m clearly alone in my feelings here Go read all the reviews of people who like it Forget about mine So anyway, I read it on the plane to ALA and had to really push to finish it Some of the writing drove me nut [...]


    8. 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 giving himself some freedom and privacy One normal day at school follows another until Marcus and his friends escape it during a break and almost perished in a terrorist attack The survivors are rounded up [...]


    9. Oy, what a disappointment I kept thinking, right up until the very end, that this book was about to get awesome, but it never did The premise a very near future where Homeland Security cracks down on ordinary citizens like a mofo could be great But unlike 1984, Little Brother is never able to build any tension, or take advantage of all the possibilities for betrayal and suspicion in a world where the DHS recruits teens to spy on each other.Instead, Little Brother seems to be just a gross fantasy [...]


    10. More polemic than novel, Little Brother is the kind of book I would have devoured when I was a teenager I gave it to my teenage son, and he went nuts for it he isn t a reader and was inspired by the various suggestions in the text to learn about RFID, surveillance, privacy, EFF, Linux, and other technologies Doctorow explores or mentions in the text.The story and characters aren t as complex as they could have been, but I didn t mind Cory wrote this for teenagers, and he was clearly interested [...]


    11. Yes, I put a book that was published 8 years ago on my Classics Historical shelves It s NOT on my Science Fiction shelf I read a fair amount of history SF This book is very important historically will be acknowledged as a classic I ve been fiddling with computers since before the Internet was public have been administering networks for 20 years now There s nothing in this book that takes the science into the realm of SF.One of my basic duties is dealing with security against both internal extern [...]


    12. Governments are instituted among men, deriving their powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness Marcus Yallow may not be a typical 17 year old kid, but he is fairly harmless He might hack a [...]


    13. Torn between two and three stars I enjoyed reading this the plot was interesting, and all the informative parts were pretty accessible well, the computer crypto stuff was done much, much better than the history But I thought the writing was pretty bad it got increasingly melodramatic as the book went along I kept waiting for Marcus to say to one of his friends But down here, it s our time It s our time down here I never bought his voice as that of an American kid there were Britishisms that I do [...]


    14. One of the things that I love most about science fiction is its ability to look at trends in contemporary society, extrapolate them to their most extreme ends, and then use those extremes to reveal a fantastic analysis of our world and the directions that we are heading down Good science fiction is the type that makes you step back when you finish and take a closer look at our own lives With Little Brother, Cory Doctorow has crafted just such a novel The fact that this is a book whose intended a [...]


    15. I have to admit that the first couple pages or so had me rolling my eyes and wondering if I would be able to actually finish this book There s so much technoslang that it seemed to me to be trying too hard, even though it is a book about hackers and technokids Like, Spending Fridays at school was teh suck anyway, and I was glad of an excuse to make my escape Teh suck Really Ugh Although, to be fair, at least he spelled out suck and didn t write teh sux or something I probably would have just had [...]


    16. I started reading this book expecting to be as blown away as I was four years ago, but I think I ll settle for 3.5 out of 5 or 3.75 stars this time.That s not to say I didn t enjoy the book, I did a lot in fact, it was just I wasn t inclined to give this book full 5 stars which I did the last time.Firstly, the writing I think the writing is decent and strong overall, but there were some scenes that failed to peak the tension and excitement as much as I had hoped it felt slippery and underwhelmin [...]



    17. Hacker teens fight back when Homeland Security clamps down excessively on human rights after a terrorist bombing of a bridge in San Francisco Brilliant in conception, but it s kind of painful to immerse yourself in the plot and characters with all the didactic content The impetus to move toward a policy state in the name of security is an ongoing issue well covered in this young adult morality tale How these kids go about foiling the restrictions of our government with their own secure network w [...]


    18. I think I might be too stupid to write this review.Long story short This book was a hell of a ride It was slightly problematic as a novel, but damn if it wasn t powerful anyway It should probably be required reading Long story long Weeeeeellll That s when my brain starts to make whirring and booping noises and then I want to put my laptop away and go to sleep Or eat a milkshake Either one of those things, really.Marcus Yallow is a seventeen year old in near future San Francisco When a terrorist [...]


    19. I m reading an ARC of Cory Doctorow s new book and it is predictably well written and surprisingly infuriating It s like a sub rosa training manual for pro tech pro civil liberty pro privacy activists of tomorrow He extrapolates into the future the tiniest amount but today s greasy fingerprints are all over the dystopic picture he paints of individual freedom I m finding myself enraged page after page, which is the whole point, and Doctorow s casual references to easily kitbashed technology like [...]


    20. The book raises several interesting issues how much freedom are you willing to sacrifice for the sake of your security when does civil discontent become terrorism what if department of national security is dangerous than any terrorist group These are very important questions for young adults to ask themselves The subject matter definitely makes this book a very compelling read.There are many things I like about this book Cory Doctorow creates a very convincing atmosphere of fear and hysteria in [...]


    21. okay so this book rocked pretty hard if i could write a blurb for the back of the book it would say cory doctorow i didn t finish your book because i was too pumped up and freaked out to keep reading so i went out and overthrew the government and incited mass rebellion in the middle of the night of course i did finish the book though it was awesome in a lot of ways read this book then give it to everyone you know i haven t quite worked out how to give it to everyone at the same time yet, but Cor [...]


    22. Little Brother was not at all what I expected When it was described to me, I was thinking that it would be something similar to Ready Player One, a fast paced, high action adventure about technology While it was still quite a bit about technology which is why I still gave it a higher rating , it was of a political statement about privacy than anything else I tend to be on the fence where privacy laws are concerned, thinking like a parent, Well, if you re not guilty, what does it matter if you r [...]


    23. Blissfully geeky, great capture of intelligent teenagers in San Francisco, and a very realistic, believable story about what a short distance we are from a complete and utter police state grin Do you trade privacy for security ETA 1 21 12, just re read this and did a podcast discussion with SFF Audio It was harder to read Little Brother the second time around Not because the book is hard to read, it is the opposite But because of everything we ve just been through in the USA with SOPA and PIPA C [...]


    24. 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 government is fond of.And while I was still turning it over in my mind, trying to decide how to review it, a principal decided to throw his school s One Book summer reading program out the window two days befo [...]


    25. I really wanted to like this book, but am a bit baffled at all the acclaim it s getting I can see what Doctorow is trying to do, but he gets too preachy far too often and that kills any point he was trying to make for me Marcus is too talented, too perfect at everything that needs to be done to be a legitimate portrayal of a teenager I ve seen other reviews say that he reads like Doctorow created a version of what he wished he was like at that age, and I agree completely Throw in the most one di [...]


    26. I didn t place this on any of my shelves besides the read shelf It s a fantasy, sort of, it takes place in an urban areaon the other hand it s really a political thriller, sort of Never mind we ll just say I read it and talk about the book.This book was actually written at the end of the Bush administration, and I think you ll find that obvious I like this book, I recommend this book, but there is a certain amount of ironyme of it unintentional irony I believe On the other hand the things I find [...]


    27. A worst case scenario teen thriller of what could happen if our war on terror gave Homeland Security an excuse to wield absolute power and new surveillance technology over our lives to track our every move Countering this is a teen who knows all about computer systems, security, and various role playing games It s an homage to 1984, Little Brother, as opposed to Big Brother, and it reminded me of Harry Harrison s The Stainless Steel Rat It was all a bit preposterous and over the top, but that ma [...]


    28. Set in San Francisco in the year 2015, Little Brother follows 17 year old Marcus, an intelligent, techie teen While skipping school, he s thrown into the middle of a terrorist attack and picked up by the Department of Homeland Security under suspicion of being involved After his eventual release, Marcus vows to take down the DHS and fight against the newly established police state.This book was awesome and definitely worth finishing in a day Although written for a YA audience, this could clearly [...]


    29. This story is set in a future that is not too far away It imagines a situation similar to the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York Here, the Bay Bridge in San Francisco is destroyed by terrorists This not a story of the hunt for the perpetrators the focus is upon the extreme action carried out by the agents of USA Homeland Security Doctorow presents us with the growth of a police state where the actions of citizens are monitored by every electronic means possible It gets worse The teenage [...]


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