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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen; 1 edition (April 13 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765323117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765323118
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 3 x 20.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A wonderful, important book…I’d recommend Little Brother over pretty much any book I’ve read this year, and I’d want to get it into the hands of as many smart thirteen-year-olds, male and female, as I can. Because I think it’ll change lives. Because some kids, maybe just a few, won’t be the same after they’ve read it. Maybe they’ll change politically, maybe technologically. Maybe it’ll just be the first book they loved or that spoke to their inner geek. Maybe they’ll want to argue about it and disagree with it. Maybe they’ll want to open their computer and see what’s in there. I don’t know. It made me want to be thirteen again right now, and reading it for the first time.” —Neil Gaiman, author of Sandman and American Gods on Little Brother

“A rousing tale of techno-geek rebellion.” --Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies, Pretties, and Specials, on Little Brother

“A worthy younger sibling to Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother is lively, precocious, and most importantly, a little scary.” --Brian K. Vaughan, author of the graphic novel Y: The Last Man on Little Brother

“A tale of struggle familiar to any teenager, about those moments when you choose what your life is going to mean.” —Steven Gould, author of Jumper, on Little Brother

“A believable and frightening tale of a near-future San Francisco … Filled with sharp dialogue and detailed descriptions… within a tautly crafted fictional framework.” -Publishers Weekly starred review on Little Brother (Featured in PW Children’s e-newsletter)

“Readers will delight in the details of how Marcus attempts to stage a techno-revolution … Buy multiple copies; this book will be h4wt (that’s ‘hot,’ for the nonhackers).” -Booklist starred review on Little Brother (Selected as a Booklist “Review of the Day”)

“Marcus is a wonderfully developed character: hyperaware of his surroundings, trying to redress past wrongs, and rebelling against authority … Raising pertinent questions and fostering discussion, this techno-thriller is an outstanding first purchase.” -School Library Journal starred review on Little Brother

"Little Brother is generally awesome in the more vernacular sense: It's pretty freaking cool ... a fluid, instantly ingratiating fiction writer ... he's also terrific at finding the human aura shimmering around technology." -The Los Angeles Times on Little Brother

"Scarily realistic…Action-packed with tales of courage, technology, and demonstrations of digital disobedience as the technophile's civil protest." --Andrew “bunnie” Huang, author of Hacking the Xbox, on Little Brother

"The right book at the right time from the right author--and, not entirely coincidentally, Cory Doctorow's best novel yet." --John Scalzi, bestselling author of Old Man’s War, on Little Brother

“I was completely hooked in the first few minutes. Great work.” --Mitch Kapor, inventor of Lotus 1-2-3 and co-founder of the EFF, on Little Brother

“Little Brother is a brilliant novel with a bold argument: hackers and gamers might just be our country's best hope for the future.” --Jane McGonigal, designer of the alternate-reality game I Love Bees on Little Brother

Little Brother sounds an optimistic warning. It extrapolates from current events to remind us of the ever-growing threats to liberty. But it also notes that liberty ultimately resides in our individual attitudes and actions. In our increasingly authoritarian world, I especially hope that teenagers and young adults will read it—and then persuade their peers, parents and teachers to follow suit.” —Dan Gillmor, technology journalist, author of We the Media on Little Brother

“It’s about growing up in the near future where things have kept going on the way they’ve been going, and it’s about hacking as a habit of mind, but mostly it’s about growing up and changing and looking at the world and asking what you can do about that. The teenage voice is pitch-perfect. I couldn’t put it down, and I loved it.” —Jo Walton, author of Farthing on Little Brother

“Read this book. You’ll learn a great deal about computer security, surveillance and how to counter it, and the risk of trading off freedom for ‘security.’ And you’ll have fun doing it.” —Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media on Little Brother

“I know many science fiction writers engaged in the cyber-world, but Cory Doctorow is a native…We should all hope and trust that our culture has the guts and moxie to follow this guy. He’s got a lot to tell us.” --Bruce Sterling

“Cory Doctorow doesn't just write about the future--I think he lives there.” --Kelly Link, author of Stranger Things Happen

“Doctorow throws off cool ideas the way champagne generates bubbles...[he] definitely has the goods.” --San Francisco Chronicle

“Doctorow is one of sci-fi's most exciting young writers.” --Cargo Magazine

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Edwards on Feb. 4 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. Salus on April 24 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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Format: Paperback
LITTLE BROTHER presents a pretty scary picture of the way things could be if terrorist threats continue, and politicians keep funding the Department of Homeland Security with no thought as to how this might victimize the average innocent American. There is already an incredible amount of technology devoted to "spying" on the citizens of our country, and we normally don't give it a second thought. This book will make you think - and not just a little bit.

Marcus is a seventeen-year-old tech wizard. Granted, he often uses his skills for less than ethical reasons, but he doesn't hurt anyone. When a terrorist attack destroys the Bay Bridge near his home in San Francisco, he and several friends are captured by police (DHS) as they are attempting to help a fallen companion. They become the victims of frightening interrogation and torture.

When Marcus finally gains his freedom, he vows to take back America from the out-of-control Department of Homeland Security. Using his vast techie skills, he creates an alternate Internet called Xnet, which utilizes the old XBox game system. Marcus becomes known as M1k3y and develops a huge group of supporters. Together, they attempt to undermine the government agencies determined to destroy the true meaning and protection of the United States Constitution.

Cory Doctorow has created a modern-day 1984. Set in the not-too-distant future, this book attempts to show what could happen if we sit back and allow the government to whittle away at our rights to "protect" us from terrorism. It gives a whole new meaning to the idea of terrorism and fear within our own government.

LITTLE BROTHER is full of adventure and intrigue. A lot of the suspense comes from all the technical tricks Marcus brings to the story. Some of the details might prove too much for a struggling reader, but any tech/geek teens will not be able to read it fast enough.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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By Bernie Koenig TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 4 2009
Format: Hardcover
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The book says the reading level is young adult, but I am on old adult college professor and I found it just fine for me. The characters may be young adults but the theme is for everyone.

We meet our hero Marcus in high school where all kinds of security measures are in place. We are not told why they are needed. And, like all bright kids, such seemingly irrational use of authority must be challenged.

Then there is an explosion on the Bay Bridge. Marcus and his friends are caught in the crowd and, because they "look suspicious" homeland security arrests them as possible terrorists.

The book is then about how bright kids who are not afraid of authority and because they have been unjustly and badly affected by the abuse of power, find ways to challenge that power. Geeks that they are they finds ways of using computer game devices to communicate with each other so that the authorities cannot detect them.

Without going into too many details the book looks at the terrible abuse of power and how easily people who supposedly believe in freedom are prepared to give up that freedom to be protected from terrorists, which, of course, means that, without blowing anything else up, the terrorists win.

We also get some nice discussion of proper city planning when Marcus talks about Jane Jacobs, someone who has been a big influence on me during my years as a municipal activist, and we get a nice coming of age love story as well.

A really satisfying book that deals with really big issues.
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