Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

little brother coverSynopsis: Marcus, aka w1n5t0n, is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works-and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school’s intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.

But his whole world changes when, having skipped school, he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison, where they’re mercilessly interrogated for days.

 

When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state, where every citizen is being treated as a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.

Can one teenage hacker fight back against a government out of control? Maybe, but only if he’s really careful… and very, very smart.

My Thoughts:

First off. I TYPED THAT THING FROM THE BOOK COVER WITHOUT LOOKING UP AND I ONLY MADE 5 MISTAKES! BEAT THAT MR. BOLDT! Sorry, Mr Boldt is my keyboarding teacher.

This book… how can I describe it. It’s action packed, amazing storyline, well developed characters and it was overall amazing.

But, but, BUT! The grammar Nazi in me shrieked in pain at every spelling mistake. Frankly, there weren’t that many, two or three. BUT STILL!

The reason that this didn’t get a 5 was the same on The Fault in Our Stars. The language and sex. OH MY GOSH THE STANDARDS TEENAGERS THESE DAYS HAVE! I’m a teenager, and this talk frankly disgusts me. You should be able to write a perfectly good book without sex. In example, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, The Belgariad, The Mallorean, (Like you’ve heard of those last two. You really should read them if you’re into classic fantasy. They’re by David Eddings, read them!) Those are amazing books that are well written, and overall good, with no sex. Strange concept, right?

Buy or loan from library?: I say buy, or read twice, because there are a lot of technical references that I couldn’t understand, so I need to re-read it.

Music I listened to while writing this: Carry On by Fun, Chameleon Circuit.

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