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Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
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Jun 18, 2008

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Marcus, a 17-year-old techno-geek who loves RPGs, gets caught in the wrong place at the wrong time when a terrorist attack levels a San Francisco bridge. He and his friends get rounded up immediately afterward by Homeland Security, where they are illegally held and interrogated for days before being kicked out with the warning that they will be watched. But the world he goes back to is not the same, either, as privacy is being eliminated in the interests of "security", and he finds himself more scared of the far-reaching Homeland Security than he ever was of terrorists. So Marcus decides to fight back with the weapon he knows best: technology.

Good plot, but heavy reading, with lots of research into everything from cryptography and computer security to urban architecture and city planning. I wanted to find out what happened, but needed to back out every now and then to process and clear my head.

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