Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow is the first young adult novel from the technology blogger.
While this book is perfect for anyone with an interest in surveillance technology and government control, it should also appeal to those who love spy thrillers and rooting for the underdog. Marcus and friends carry out a number of daring deeds under the noses of law enforcement, from creating an unmonitored internet to staging a vampire mob. The technological aspects of their plans and the government's methods are clearly explained for the layperson on a mostly need-to-know basis. There are enough personal motivations and entanglements between characters to keep the action moving and compelling for those less interested in the nitty-gritty. While some of the immediacy of War on Terror surveillance has waned since the book's initial publication, the social issues covered within are always relevant and worth considering.
Little Brother is published by Tor Teen and retails for $9.99 (paperback). I bought my copy with my very own money. You can get yours at Left Bank today!
Join us at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, at Left Bank Books--Central West End for the May meeting of Teen Reads, a reading group for ages 12 to 18, where we will be discussing Little Brother. As always, reading group selections are 20% at both Left Bank Books locations and online.