09 April 2009 ~ 0 Comments

(Book) Little Brother by Cory Doctorow


I think most of us know that “the world has changed”. I find myself alternately ticked off and overly understanding about some of the ‘security’ things that go on today. For this book, I found myself being outraged at times and thinking “well, maybe I can understand that”. This book is set in the not so distant future after terrorists have attacked San Fransisco. The DHS goes a little (okay, a lot) crazy and the main character decides to get a little revenge. There’s a lot of little online geek references that made me smile.

The book itself is pretty good. The story was entertaining enough to keep my interest and keep me turning the pages, but it also made me think. If we’re willing to give up THIS particular freedom, who’s to say we won’t be willing to give a larger freedom in a few years? Are we THAT driven by fear?

The best part of this book is that it’s licensed under the Creative Commons. What does that mean? Visit the book’s download page to see by clicking HERE (and yes you can download it for free – I downloaded the .prc file and sent it to my Kindle to read). Okay, a really good book for FREE? How can you beat that? I think I’m still going to pick up the physical book to share though. It was a super interesting read.

A must read.

From the Publisher

Marcus, a.k.a “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 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 treated like a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.


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