Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

88%

24 Critic Reviews

Cory Doctorow has written his best book yet . . . it should be required reading for every American.
-Blog Critics

Synopsis

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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About Cory Doctorow

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CORY DOCTOROW is a coeditor of Boing Boing and a columnist for multiple publications including the Guardian, Locus, and Publishers Weekly. He was named one of the Web's twenty-five influencers by Forbes magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. His award-winning novel Little Brother was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.
 
Published April 13, 2010 by Tor Teen. 387 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, History, Travel. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Little Brother
All: 24 | Positive: 22 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 01 2008

Long passages of beloved tech-guru Doctorow's novel are unabashedly educational . . Yet . . Marcus exists as a fully formed character, whose adolescent loves and political intrigues are compelling for more than just propagandistic reasons.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Austin Grossman on Sep 12 2008

An entertaining thriller and a thoughtful polemic on Internet-era civil rights, “Little Brother” is also a practical handbook of digital self-defense.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Eric Brown on Nov 07 2008

The book is a passionate plea for every citizen to be computer-savvy in order to uphold personal liberties in an age of increased government security. It's also a cracking read.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Apr 14 2008

Filled with sharp dialogue and detailed descriptions of how to counteract . . . tracers and other surveillance devices, this work makes its admittedly didactic point within a tautly crafted fictional framework.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Phillip Winn on Feb 18 2009

Cory Doctorow has written his best book yet . . . it should be required reading for every American.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Richard Marcus on Oct 20 2008

Little Brother is a well written and intelligent story that will keep you on the edge of your seat no matter what your age.

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AV Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Tasha Robinson on Jun 04 2008

Little Brother is being marketed as a young-adult novel, but it's an entertaining, smart all-ages read . . . The tight thriller storyline and ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy are nigh-irresistible.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Excellent
Reviewed by Paul Di Filippo on Jun 20 2008

If Doctorow's hope is to update Orwell for the iPod generation, Little Brother brings the dream into more than virtual reality.

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Teen Reads

Excellent
Reviewed by Brian Farrey on Apr 29 2008

Make no mistake: there's a reason that LITTLE BROTHER has become one of the most talked-about books of 2008.

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SF Site

Excellent
Reviewed by Alma A. Hromic on Jan 21 2009

If you pick this up, clear your schedule for the next few hours. Because you'll be spending them in Marcus Yallow's world. It isn't pretty, it isn't fair, but you will cheer him on as he battles its obstacles and its dangers.

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Common Sense Media

Excellent
Reviewed by Matt Berman on Jan 21 2009

Whoa. This is by far the most exciting, breathtaking, mind-altering, and provocative book to come out in years. It's going to thrill teens even as it worries and disturbs some parents.

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BellaOnline

Good
Reviewed by Laura Lehman on Jan 21 2009

Little Brother is a great science fiction book for young adults (and adults) that will make them think about what is truly needed in the name of national security.

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SFFWorld.com

Good
Reviewed by Rob H. Bedford on Apr 04 2008

Doctorow evokes both Orwell and Philip K. Dick in the sense of paranoia, but Doctorow (obviously) brings a more modern sensibility to the fore.

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SF Signal

Excellent
Reviewed by John DeNardo on May 12 2008

Gripping story; conveys the coolness of technology; thought-provoking issues about surveillance and freedom.

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Wired

Excellent
Reviewed by John Baichtal on Sep 26 2008

The book is written for young adults, I am convinced, not because the subject matter is immature but because kids need to know this stuff . . Little Brother is at once a warning against a dark future, along with a training manual for defeating that.

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Boing Boing

Excellent
Reviewed by Neil Gaiman on Jan 01 2008

I'd recommend Little Brother over pretty much any book I've read this year, and I'd want to get it into the hands of as many smart 13 year olds, male and female, as I can. Because I think it'll change lives.

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io9

Excellent
Reviewed by Charlie Jane Anders on Apr 23 2009

Little Brother represents a great step forward in the burgeoning subgenre of dystopian young-adult SF. It brings a greater degree of political sophistication, geekiness and civil disobedience.

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Boomtron

Good
Reviewed by Dragonwomant on Jun 01 2008

It’s an excellent, thought-provoking read, and I would recommend it to just about everyone.

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The Zone

Above average
Reviewed by Jonathan McCalmont on Jan 01 2008

Little Brother has the unadorned and accessible style and structure that we have come to expect from YA . . Little Brother's . . problem is that the back end of its plot is as repetitive as Stephen Sommers' 2004 cartoonish schlock-fest Van Helsing.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by Thanks for All the Fish on Jan 21 2009

The story manages to excite, educate, and induce thought.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by M. Trainor on Jan 21 2009

Way too much extraneous detail . . . and unnecessary horn-doggish-ness. Yet somehow it all can be looked past . . . even if it is about a boy who, in all fairness, should be a techno-nerd.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Christian F. on Jan 01 2009

Little Brother is an exciting novel that will appeal to anyone with an interest in technology or basic rights. Everyone will find it an eye-opening read that makes them wonder who might be watching.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by DreamInVintage on Jan 01 2009

Doctorow does a fair job, although some parts were a little unrealistic . . . Other than that . . . you will find yourself cheering for Marcus and his band of followers every step of the way.

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Gather Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Gil T. Wilson on Sep 12 2012

In an exciting cyber-adventure this story will keep you enthralled until the climactic ending.

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