Read-Through Thursday: Little Brother

This is a series wherein I will discuss whatever book I’m reading or have just finished.  Feel free to post in the comments what you’re reading or your own thoughts about the books I discuss.

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

From Goodreads: 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.

From Vicki: Go check out the reviews on Goodreads to see how controversial this novel is. I was actually quite surprised by the vehemence of some of the negative reviews. I felt like I’d read a completely different book. I enjoyed this one a lot and it really stayed with me afterward (I read it in April). Putting it down, my glassy eyes didn’t focus for several minutes, and I couldn’t get Marcus out of my head.

I don’t tend to read sci-fi, and I wouldn’t have called this sci-fi, but others do. There is a lot of technology and some violence and some sex, but all of that was just background to me. The story moved along at a great pace and I cared what happened to Marcus and his friends.  I felt sick for them at certain points.

The voice and the tension kept me turning pages.

Have any of you read it? Which side of the debate do you land on?

PS I just read on Twitter that Cory Doctorow is working on Little Brother II!



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2 responses to “Read-Through Thursday: Little Brother

  1. I’ve certainly heard of this book! Didn’t realize that it is so controversial but maybe that’s why its semi-famous. SF has to very character driven to attract me, this books sounds like a good fit!

  2. I had an editor once who told me that bad reviews get you popular faster than good ones. Your post made me think of that. Sometimes we read it, just to talk about it. I’m glad you liked it though.

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