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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen; 1 edition (April 29 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765319853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765319852
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15.5 x 4.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. Salus on April 24 2008
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This is a terrific novel! I loved it from the start and the ending left me wishing it were longer. Like Gibson's and Vinge's, Doctorow's latest is set in the frighteningly near future. And it is both full of the "now" -- like the bizarre power of Homeland Security and the insanity of ensuring security through abandonment of Constitutional rights -- and the then -- the Yippies, the Free Speech Movement, the murders in Philadelphia, MS, and Jane Jacobs.

I won't give away the plot, but if you know a reader from ~15 on up, this is for her or him.

Thank you, Cory!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward E Hammond on June 4 2013
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I had never read this author and since reading Little Brother have read more of his books. It has also sparked an interest in cyber crime and modern computer video security.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zafri M. on Dec 23 2011
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Disclaimer: Reviews will mainly concentrate on novels that I enjoyed, and in writing them I will attempt to be succinct and to avoid all manner of spoilery comments. A grading guide follows my reviews. Also, please note that while I have read widely in the genre, my tastes are quite distinct and thus readers should absorb my wisdom with, at the very least, a few pinches of salt. Cheers.

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Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Characterization: 8/10
Marcus Yallow is a creative, uncompromising, crafty, and courageous protagonist who is easy to root for. But it is his curiosity concerning all things technological that makes him so interesting for me. He is a wonderful narrator who manages to explain complex processes in a way that, miraculously, isn't boring. The secondary characters are fine, but it is the strength of Doctorow's main character that carries the narrative.

Plotting and Pacing: 3/5 and 4/5
Even before the main conflict begins, I was hooked. Why? I don't know, exactly. Marcus's conflict with, and evasion of, the school's surveillance equipment was certainly interesting. The rapid fire introduction of new-ish technologies, or at least new uses of existing technologies, also kept my curiosity well-fed. I'm not sure I quite believe the ending would have worked out as it did in the novel, but it was still a satisfying conclusion. Well paced and well plotted, except perhaps for the ending.

Setting: 7/10
The setting is a near-future version of San Fransisco. I have never been to San Fransisco, so I can't vouch for the setting's realism on that front.
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A wonderful sci-fi - a fast read - but deeply thought provoking. Although it has garnered awards for the young reader - It has won 'adult' awards as well. It is a modern tale with dire warnings about trading liberty for security. So many others have reviewed this book - I won't add further - other than to highly recommend it.
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Cory is a writer for the modern man. I love the robust and precise descriptions of all the technology in the comic. Though if I weren't someone who is engulfed in gizmos and gadgets then I may have been very lost.

Aside from that a great tale of conspiracy and modern terrorism.

Geeks will digg (semi-dated pun intended) this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Edwards on Feb. 4 2010
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Terrorists have attacked San Francisco, and Marcus and his friends have ended up in prison. Although they had nothing to do with the attack, they are interrogated mercilessly and neglected in bare cells.

When Marcus is finally set free, he discovers that the Department of Homeland Security is abusing people's right to privacy and free speech all over the city.

Luckily, Marcus knows a lot about technology and surveillance - including how to stop it. But can he stop the Department of Homeland Security?

"Little Brother" has a scary, intriguing plot that feels very real. It teaches an important lesson about the value of privacy - something we all give up too easily these days. But it never comes across as didactic.

I love that the main character is a teenager who is capable of creating a secret internet. The only thing I didn't like about this book is that sometimes, the technological explanations went on a little too long, slowing the pace of the book.

Overall, an excellent read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Sullivan on June 1 2009
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I loved it! I got the same feeling in the pit of my stomach as when I first read 1984, and Animal Farm. The abuse of power that is not too different than what has been going on world wide lately.
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