Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Little Brother

In the near future, another terrorists attack U.S. soil by blowing up San Francisco's Bay Bridge.  Marcus and his friends are in the wrong place at the wrong time, resulting in days of merciless interrogation.  When they are released, they find the city turned into a police state with a constant watch on every citizens movements.  They realize that in order to live in freedom again, they'll have to take advantage of the system to defeat it.

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.

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