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Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
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Aug 07, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: boy-hero, boylit, dystopia, geeks, schools, spies, teen
Read in August, 2008

Excellent look at computer security, terrorism, intellectual freedom, privacy, through the story of an SF teen who fights the good fight against Homeland Security after a terrorist attack puts him and his friends under suspicion.
The characters are believable, although the adults are a little more typecast. I really liked all the teen characters, even with their flaws. The plot moves along swiftly, with good explanations of various geeky phenomena, such as rebuilding an Xbox with a version of Linux that allows the user to surf the web without detection. Really, parts of this read like a quick, fictional version of the Anarchist's Cookbook (no bombs, no drugs). I'll recommend this to high school teens, especially those interested in privacy and freedom.

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