The ultimate tale of teen rebellion - one seventeen-year-old against the surveillance state.Big Brother is watching you. Who's watching back?
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Book Review: Little Brother by Cory Doctorow - Reviewed by Sheepcoate (01 Nov 2012)
Little Brother draws you in right from the start, even though targeted at Young Adults, there is much to be enjoyed by the mature reader.
Like most Cory Doctorow books, this novel no exception, it centers around high tech privacy and digital freedom from the government. The author takes you on quite an adventure and goes into quite detailed explanations of hacking, programming and digital exploitation's. The non IT savvy reader may get a little lost with all the tech talk; however explanations and details are very well explained.
The action is consistent and the pace is fast moving, looking forward to more in the series.
Book Review: Little Brother by Cory Doctorow - Reviewed by RosHH (25 Feb 2010)
Little Brother is my favourite of Doctorow's novels, but that's not why I would recommend it for any school library. As with all his novels, Doctorow relies on factoids and descriptions of current technology and innovations to bulk out his prose and support the bulk of his plot. But in this book, it is a wonderful thing.
In a palatable and accessible way the teen protagonist exposes readers to issues of cyber safety, online trust, and Open Source software. As many young people often consume rather than learn new technologies without analysing or assessing risks, Little Brother will be for many the gateway into seeking alternative software and developing secure online behaviour.
On top of all that, it's an interesting story that is gripping, empowering and compelling. I was so emotionally invested in the story that I almost ran around my house shouting "Don't trust anyone over 25" exultantly. I'm glad I didn't; my housemates are well past that threshold, but we all agree that this is one book that will be very well loved by nearly everyone who reads it.
Cory Doctorow is co-editor of BoingBoing.net and the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He writes columns for Make, Information Week, the Guardian online and Locus. He has won the Locus Award for his fiction three times, been nominated for the Hugo and the Nebula, won the Campbell Award and was named one of the internet's top 25 influencers by Forbes magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He hopes you'll use technology to change the world.
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