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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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.Read Full Review of Little Brother | See more reviews from Kirkus
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.Read Full Review of Little Brother | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
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.Read Full Review of Little Brother | See more reviews from AV Club
If Doctorow's hope is to update Orwell for the iPod generation, Little Brother brings the dream into more than virtual reality.Read Full Review of Little Brother
Make no mistake: there's a reason that LITTLE BROTHER has become one of the most talked-about books of 2008.Read Full Review of Little Brother
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.Read Full Review of Little Brother
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.Read Full Review of Little Brother
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.Read Full Review of Little Brother
Doctorow evokes both Orwell and Philip K. Dick in the sense of paranoia, but Doctorow (obviously) brings a more modern sensibility to the fore.Read Full Review of Little Brother
Gripping story; conveys the coolness of technology; thought-provoking issues about surveillance and freedom.Read Full Review of Little Brother
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.Read Full Review of Little Brother
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.Read Full Review of Little Brother
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.Read Full Review of Little Brother
It’s an excellent, thought-provoking read, and I would recommend it to just about everyone.Read Full Review of Little Brother
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.Read Full Review of Little Brother
The story manages to excite, educate, and induce thought.Read Full Review of Little Brother
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.Read Full Review of Little Brother
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.Read Full Review of Little Brother
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.Read Full Review of Little Brother
In an exciting cyber-adventure this story will keep you enthralled until the climactic ending.Read Full Review of Little Brother
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