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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  8,045 ratings  ·  959 reviews
In Cory Doctorow's wildly successful Little Brother, young Marcus Yallow was arbitrarily detained and brutalized by the government in the wake of a terrorist attack on San Francisco―an experience that led him to become a leader of the whole movement of technologically clued-in teenagers, fighting back against the tyrannical security state.

A few years later, California's ec
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Tor Teen
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Vanessa While the book does a good job of explaining some of the events of Little Brother, I would highly recommend reading it first. its such a great book. w…moreWhile the book does a good job of explaining some of the events of Little Brother, I would highly recommend reading it first. its such a great book. wouldn't want you to miss out on the big event that triggered DHS to take over san Francisco. definitely read Little Brother first. (less)
Simon The UK edition has a Little Brother short story, Lawful Interception, that answers the question. You can also find it on the web site: https:/…moreThe UK edition has a Little Brother short story, Lawful Interception, that answers the question. You can also find it on the web site:

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Josh Bancroft
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, kindle, fiction
So very, very, good. But not for the usual reasons I call book "good".

This book will make you want to do something, even if its just exploring the world of privacy, encryption, and the technologies that strengthen them (and weaken them). It might make you want to go out and join and Occupy protest. Or get involved in campaigning for an independent political candidate. It might make you consider starting to use TrueCrypt to protect your personal data. It might make you finally get around to figu
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Well crap. Once again Doctorow paints a pretty grim and believable picture of what happens when we allow our rights to privacy, autonomy and freedom of expression to be circumscribed in the name of "safety" and "protection."

The most disturbing thing about the potential of this tale to become reality, is that many of the MOST disturbing plot aspects of the novel have already occurred, and even as the perpetrators get their hands slapped, their attorneys rewrite service agreements, that we click
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Demercel by: Sandino
Shelves: sci-fi
The book is nice, same basic plot as its predecessor - Little Brother. But it is less scary and less original - exactly because it has a similar plot. It also lacks a climax at the end. I am not the guy that wants every book to end like some western movie with the hero riding toward the sunset with the beautiful girl, but I still want the story to have a real end. I suspect the reason it lacks a climax is intentional, because the story is supposed to be motivational and as a result of this "rea ...more
Jul 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sequel, 2014
Homeland was a book I hadn't really planned to read as part of my "finish up my unfinished series" project for the year. I enjoyed Little Brother, but I wasn't itching to see where the story went from there. At the last minute, I decided to add it to the list, and now that I've finished it, I can say that I made the wrong decision. I should have gone with my first instinct and left it well enough alone.

That's not to say that the book is bad; it's not. It's actually quite readable, compelling, an
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it
This sequel to "Little Brother" doesn't quite live up to its predecessor. At the end of LB, Marcus has gone from a somewhat cocky teen rebel to a wiser, scarred near-adult. He learns; he grows; he evolves. In contrast, Marcus ends Homeland in basically the same shape he starts in. It's a shame, because the writing in both books is good, if a bit tech-y in places.

In any event, the book begins with Marcus and his girlfriend Ange having a great time at Burning Man. They run into Masha, a former bad
Tom Lee
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it
At first I refused to believe this book was a YA novel, and consequently disliked it. I cracked this open as part of a book club assignment -- I hadn't read any of Doctorow's other fiction. I knew that the first book in this series, Little Brother, had been billed as a YA novel. But isn't that just something people say these days when they're vaguely embarrassed by their novel's enthusiasm for chase scenes or wizards?

But no: this is a straight-up YA novel. It's written in the first person, it's
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I should never start a Doctorow book in the evening because I will surely be up all night alternately reading and pacing and Googling and despairing and hoping.

This sequel to Little Brother is splendid. The technology bits make me frightened and determined to learn more. The story is gripping, the people (with the possible exception of Carrie because I just can't believe in that much evil- for my own tenuous sanity, I mean) are real and wonderful. The quiet defeat of Marcus' parents is heartbrea
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia, ya
Older does not necessarily mean wiser, not for Marcus Yallow, hero of Cory Doctorow’s bestselling and award winning novel, Little Brother. The sequel, Homeland, is set a couple of years later and opens with Marcus and his girlfriend, Ange, living it up at the Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. There, in the middle of nowhere, Marcus’ demons come to haunt him.

First is Masha, who used to be on the wrong side, but might now be on the right side. She hands Marcus her insurance
Jana Tetzlaff
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I was very excited to read this and I was well aware that I would compare this to Little Brother constantly. Little Brother blew me away and any novel so closely related to it in scope and theme would have a hard time passing scrutiny.

The first chapter didn’t quite pull me in. I understood that it was supposed to set the tone, that the freedom of the Burning Man festival was intended as a stark contrast to the oppressiveness and bleakness of the ‘real world’ waiting back of Chicago. I fo
Another book of ideas, to be read after Little Brother, its predecessor. Same criticism of character development, and as before, it is often more than a little preachy, putting the protagonist and his family in the middle of the many difficulties of the 2008 recession, compounded by the logical results of Marcus' activities, his father's loss of his security clearance, etc. Most ironic, and sad, is the afterword by Aaron Swartz who has since been hounded to suicide by Federal prosecutors, and th ...more
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I must say that, after reading -and greatly enjoying- Cory's first book in the series, Little Brother, I found Homeland, the sequel, a little disappointing.
The plot and the main theme are more or less the same as the previous novel, following Marcus Yallow and his friends in their fight for freedom and civil rights.
But, if both the goal and the message are highly remarkable, the plot simply isn't.
Don't get me wrong, it's a nice, enjoyable read. But it can't be compared to the previous novel.
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political, dystopian
This is a "Young Adult" novel so although it is well written, there is a healthy dose of over-explanation (as you might expect). I might be showing my age here, but it did irk me that Marcus (or Doctorow) felt he could trust the reader to get the oblique "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" reference but needed to explain a quote from "2001: A Space Odyssey" to death.

While Little Brother was concerned with the "war on terror", Patriot Act and Guantanamo, the background to this novel is the Occu
James Swenson
Mar 21, 2013 rated it liked it
If you loved Little Brother, you'll want to read this, too. It's the same mix: one teenage moral dilemma after another, blended with evangelism for freedom through cryptography.

Since Cory Doctorow is a fellow of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, I was irritated by his use of a sandstorm to literally blow his main characters into a tent containing three of the leading lights of the EFF -- and Wil Wheaton, the internet hero formerly of Star Trek: The Next Generation and eponym of Wheaton's Law.
Simona B
Not as thrilling as the first one. Still very good, and for the same reasons Little Brother was, but not as much as I expected from the sequel of one of the books I loved the most in the entire year. The ending, moreover, was too feeble and flat, and thus very disappointing.
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4.5/5 stars.

I didn't think Doctorow could top himself in terms of perfectly blending social commentary with important issues that more YA readers should be looking at with "Pirate Cinema", but I was wrong. "Homeland", the follow up to the 2008 release, "Little Brother", absolutely blows everything else out of the water. And yes, while he gets a bit didactic in this and his other works, it's stuff we need to be reading. It's stuff that's firmly rooted in reality that is absolutely frightening, a
Is it too much to hope that this book lives up to the high-water mark of its predecessor?

Apparently not. While there's a lot less action and/or humor than the first book, the general spirit of rebellion and justice remains, and it's still a most satisfying read. After all, Joss Whedon stated that he would like to make The Avengers 2 something "smaller" and "more personal" than the first. Doctorow seems to have followed a similar philosophy here. The book depends more on small moments than big, s
Derek Newman-Stille
Marcus was known as m1k3y when he was younger, a web protestor and advocate of human rights who exposed government corruption. In Homeland, Marcus is a young adult, just beginning life outside of university. He has all of the regular issues facing a young person – searching for a job, dealing with student loans, new relationships… but he also has had a new set of responsibilities placed on him. When two of his friends are kidnapped, they leave him with a huge document listing and proving a remar ...more
terry gibbs
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Despite being more than slightly didactic (Doctorow slips in lectures on politics, internet privacy, and making good coffee, and the maker and free software movements) Homeland (like "Little Brother," to which it is the sequel) manages to be entertaining and suspenseful, primarily because its viewpoint character, Marcus is so credible as a young hacker who becomes increasingly politically radicalized in the face of escalating violations of privacy and civil liberties in the US (in Doctorow's "if ...more
Laura Martinelli
I don’t really seek out overtly political books—mainly nonfiction, but when I come across a fiction book that’s very political, I tend to side-eye it a little more. There’s a reason why books like Fahrenheit 451 works so well is that the politics they discuss aren’t so topically specific. And as a personal preference, I don’t really seek out books that I know I’m going to disagree with or something that’s way more extreme than I believe. (I consider myself a moderate, for the record.) While I co ...more
I'm not normally a great consumer of audiobooks. Generally, I find they require too much concentration for the times and locations that they claim to be perfect for – I like to concentrate on my driving while driving, I don't have a garden to tend and, to be honest, while I'm out running I'm too busy thinking about avoiding traffic and not having a heart attack to be listening to audiobooks. Train journey's, flights and other travelling it's just as easy to read a book proper anyway, so why both ...more
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The easiest way to review Homeland is in relation to Doctorow's other YA novels. This one is not substantively different in style or content; he seems to be settling into a form that either works for you or it doesn't. He may not have an exceptional gift for style; his language, plots, and characters are all unremarkable, but effective. It seems that reading Doctorow's novels is like reading his blogs, which in turn appear to be not that different than sitting in his mind for a bit. And because ...more
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Books like Homeland remind me why I enjoy fiction in the first place. When done well, fiction helps us learn, it helps us with self reflection and of course it entertains us.

I have a friend who said to me recently that he used to read self help books but quit when he realized that they were so often formulaic. I'll paraphrase since I can't remember the (way more eloquent) way he put it: sure they can help you, IF you dedicate your life to mindlessly following the pattern described - And here's
Apr 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
I didn't realize going in that 'Homeland' was intended for young adults. I'm not sure if knowing that would have changed my opinion about it. The novel has what seems to be a consistent problem for Doctorow: all-pervasive narrative contrivance. The protagonist knows all the right moves, everything from how to whip up some delicious pho (Doctorow lets the reader know it's pronounced "fah," lest you think him one of those ignorant plebes who pronounces it as "foe"), beat a lie detector (practice p ...more
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
I couldn't put this book down. It felt cyberpunky. It felt like a hip spy-novel. It was great. For the first 260 pages or so. Then, it starts to break down. Like the message is more important than the story. Which is sad because the message is so important. Just read the 2 afterwords and the bibliography to realize how important. I was reading for the story and the story falls flat.

The story follows Marcus as he comes into possession of some influential data. What he does with the data. And how
Steven Slaughter
Apr 12, 2013 rated it liked it
If I could, I would give Homeland a 2.5 because I feel completely in the middle about it. I am a fan of Doctorow in general, especially Little Brother and Makers. This much anticipated sequel tended to drag, though, without enough genuine danger. I also struggled with the amount of techy explanation he goes into. I know that this is a real treat for some people, but for me, it weakens the story whenever it bogs down the pacing. Not that I am a big action fan that expects non-stop thrills...but t ...more
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Marcus "M1k3y" Yallow's story continues two years after the events in Little Brother. We catch up to him at Burning Man where he is attempting to show off his 3d printer with the aid of his girlfriend, Ange. Regrettably, the playa dust is causing some technical difficulties, so Marcus and Ange have given up and moved on to enjoy the Burning Man scene. Imagine Marcus's surprise when he encounters a face from his not-too-distant past: Masha. Masha has tracked Marcus down to deliver a USB drive wit ...more
3.5 stars

To prepare for Homeland, the sequel to Cory Doctorow’s wildly successful 2007 YA novel Little Brother, I decided to give that first book a quick re-read. Not for the first time, I was struck by how clever and awesome it is that Doctorow offers his novels as free downloads under a Creative Commons license because, even though I’m positive that I own at least two physical copies of the book, I couldn’t find them anywhere. (Hey, I just moved, give me a break. They’ll turn up.) So, I happil
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the sequel to his awesome book, Little Brother. It is full of computer hacking heroes who battle covert government agencies that want to track citizen's every move. It had burning man festivals, homemade drones, fancy computer coding tricks(that I didn't understand), massive San Francisco demonstrations, evil police brutality, outrage over student loans and unemployment, independent politicians trying to change government, and a distinct love for wikileaks. It was definitely a call to ac ...more
Feb 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gert by: Bert Heymans
Shelves: audiobook
Let's start off with the audiobook part. The reading was excellent. Wil Wheaton did an excellent job and it was a pleasant listen.

The story rating? A gentle three stars.
A short insight into the why:
I was a bit disappointed by this book. It started off with a lot of potential but the main threads weren't as expansive as I hoped. The main characters are teenagers & all problems and solutions are really on a teenage-y level. And I don't like teenage-y stuff (anymore). My personal rating would be a
Marcus' story continues here and its a non stop ride. You can't help but like this character who has been so much put upon and yet rises to the challenges he faces. Marcus is an everyman figure, but an everyman with a conscience. This is a bildungsroman for a revolutionary in the making. I sometimes got bogged down with the technical aspects of the hacking, and that made for some slow reading at times, but the parts where Marcus begins to understand the nature of government, business, and system ...more
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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 Elec ...more

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