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Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
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I really liked this book! It is fast-paced, smart, intense, as well as politically and socially relevant (especially the discussion about how people of color in the United States are profiled by security systems and given stronger sentences when put on trial--the main character's whiteness and middle class socio-economic status provide him with a certain amount of insulation which is openly discussed).Marcus, has a sarcastic voice that is both wise beyond his years and incredibly naive. The evil in the book is a fictionalized Department of Homeland Security who, after a terrorist attack, terrorizes the city of San Francisco taking away civil liberties and privacy. The idea that a 17 year old could take them on is both absurd and believable since teens are often underestimated. I was hooked from the first chapter and couldn't wait to figure out what would happen by the end of the book.

In the back of the book are two afterwords written by internet experts--Bruce Shneier who has written books on internet security and Andrew "bunnie" Huang who hacked the security system on the Xbox while he was a grad student at MIT. However, it is the bibliography that is truly impressive. Doctorow discuses books and internet resources that helped him write the book and suggests organizations and websites that fight for personal privacy rights and access to a free internet. He makes the resources sound revolutionary and worth the time.

I highly recommend reading this science fiction thriller.

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