A great collection of stories with a "positive" outlook on how technology will impact our world and society. No dystopia here, but that's not to say aA great collection of stories with a "positive" outlook on how technology will impact our world and society. No dystopia here, but that's not to say all of the stories are what you'd call "happy". Quite a bit of deep thought and philosophizing in the stories, along with plenty of references for out-of-book information and conversation about the technology in the stories.
Like any collection of stories by different authors, some are better / more enjoyable than others. As whole, though, this collection is well worth your time. Not just reading it, but continuing to think about the ideas the stories raise. ...more
Though marketed as a teen book, Little Brother is an excellent story for adults too. In fact, I would say that any adult who wants to get a better undThough marketed as a teen book, Little Brother is an excellent story for adults too. In fact, I would say that any adult who wants to get a better understanding of teen geeks and hackers should read this book. It's fiction, but....
If you enjoyed Daniel Suarez's books Daemon and Freedom(tm), you will enjoy this. It is geek-fiction at its best. And, where Suarez gets a bit didactic, especially in Freedom(tm), Little Brother is all about the story. The technology and everything else is just a part of the story.
Little Brother has at its heart a bit of optimism. Not to say that the book is all fun and games and happy endings, it is most definitely not that. It is more the spirit of the main characters that keeps you hopeful throughout, though you really don't know where it is going to end up and - without giving anything away - you may not like where things do go.
Be warned, if you are a techno-phobe, this is hard-core geek fiction. Video games, hacking, Linux, hacking, security, cryptography, RFID (hacking) and more. The nice thing about this being a "teen" book, though, is that Doctorow takes the time in the story to explain most of these things. Through the eyes of the protagonist/narrator, of course, and all in the interest of moving the story along. Which it does.
Almost 400 pages, and I finished it in two days; for me, that means it was a very good book....more