Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

November 28, 2008 at 9:54 am Leave a comment

I really enjoyed this ya science fiction novel.

It’s well-written and an interesting premise. Four high school students are taken in to custody by the Department of Homeland Security after terrorist attacks in San Francisco. Marcus is interrogated and then returned home after four days, determined to get revenge upon the DHS. Since all communication is being monitored (via the Internet, cameras on the street, people’s Fast Track passes) he creates Xnet using an Xbox.

The author did a great job of creating/updating really a 1984-esqe drama that readers will relate with. Also, I really appreciated the way he gave back story about a particular piece of technology (such as cryptology or the DNS). The book ends with two afterwards – one from a security network and the other from the guy who hacked Xbox. Finally the author lists resources for more information. Very cool stuff.

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