“this book is about a group of terrorists that blow up a bridge in San Fransisco and the 3 main characters get taken away to some place over water for queetioning#larson”Mr SwaggerBox Haven T.w wrote this review 5 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent story how protecting citizens from terrorists can go totally wrong causing more harm than good. 17 year old M1k3y stand up against almighty Department of Homeland Security and organize a fight to keep his freedom and privacy. Great, understandable explanations of Tor network, cryptography, Web of Trust, etc. I'm ashamed of postponing reading the book until now, although it has been on my reading list for years already. Should be every politicians mandatory read.”japi wrote this review Tuesday, November 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In a world where the government knows every detail about you and is using it to control you with fear tactics and intimidation how do you fight back? What technology could you use? In this dystopian novel Cory Doctorow's protagonists search for the answers to those questions while trying to stay free from those that want to take away the basic liberties that we are all supposedly entitled to as U.S. citizens. The real question is: What happens when the government sees terrorists everywhere they look....even when it is innocent people they are looking at?”Rick B. wrote this review Saturday, October 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A good source of discussion about security and privacy. ”Irina F wrote this review Wednesday, October 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
A quick & easy read. A bit heavy-handed with the anti-government rhetoric - but that's easily forgiven as it is the point of the story. The characters, while not strongly rendered, are fun to follow on their (mis)adventures and the technical jargon is not too overwhelming. Truthfully, I'm a computer person so the explanations of things like cryptography and coding were familiar ground. Anyone not versed in these things might find those sections boring or confusing, although I think the breakdowns were straight-forward enough for anyone to understand - if perhaps somewhat unnecessary to the storyline.
Though rather clumsily handled at times, I did enjoy Doctorow's use of Socratic style conversations between characters to argue both sides of the issues presented in the book. Marcus' father was a fun foil that helped bring out both sides of the public safety vs. privacy intrusions issue. On the other hand, Marcus's classmate Charles, was just too hiss-able of an adversary to be believable. Still, the sheer geekiness of the tale was fun to experience.
“The book Little Brother by Cory Doctorow was in my view was one of the best books I had ever read. It starts out talking about a very geeky techy kid just playing around with his schools computer systems and any other computer systems he could get his hands on. Until one day there is a terrorist attack on San Francisco where he lives and one of his friends is taken by homeland security. With his knowledge of computers and a little help he starts to cause all sorts of fun havoc with them. I love this book because I love realistic fiction. It has to be realistic enough to make me feel like it could happen but just far out enough to be interesting. It also had a ton of technology that is actually in use today and I love technology. I could also relate to the kid in the book and he was very believable. Another thing the book had going for it was that it was action packed and it had a little love thing going on witch didn’t hurt. If you’re a bit of a techy and like action and are around high school age I strongly suggest this book. One warning: there is some strong language and one piece of the book that is not suitable for young kids.”T.J. wrote this review Thursday, September 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The quote from Scott Westerfeld says, "A rousing tale of techno-geek rebellion." I was out of my depth with much of the hacker explanations, but the Department of Homeland security gone rampant scenario was thrilling in a cautionary tale way. My favorite parts were his descriptions of LARPing: Live Action Role Play games-- dress up as your favorite character and play a "bang bang you're dead" game (without real weapons of course). This was a book that mirrored these times.”Ms. P ACS6 wrote this review Monday, September 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Really persuaded me not to go to America.”The marsupial reading addict wrote this review Monday, August 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A wonderful sci-fi - a fast read - but deeply thought provoking. Although it has garnered awards for the young reader - It has won 'adult' awards as well. It is a modern tale with dire warnings about trading liberty for security. So many others have reviewed this book - I won't add further - other than to highly recommend it.”John Verdon wrote this review Sunday, August 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I often call stories such as Doctorow's Little Brother: Books that could be but were not. I know this sounds a bit strange and even incorrect in English, but that is the feeling I get after I read a book with a great premise that did not fulfill my expectations.
The idea of a young protagonist is attractive because they are in their formative stage. They can make mistakes, experiment, and experience, leading them to learn. Youngsters are also smart, have a different intelligence from grownups, because they are less vice than those who already experience life. This made me make the evident connection to Owell’s Big Brother in the novel 1985. First of all, Big Brother left me with an uneasy feeling, the sensation of being irremediably trapped. In 1985 the rebellious and critical ideas of an adult were bashed out when he tried to walk away from the prevailing system, and ends up conforming with it. What happened in Little Brother is that the future has already reached us. Doctorow is talking about everyday facts and ideas. E-mail, wireless connection, the Internet, videoconferences, hacking, videogames with realistic graphics, and a long etc., are part of our reality and our modern world.
If 1985 left me with the feeling that there is nothing to do against the system, Little Brother is leaving me with the idea that even when you are being persecuted by the institutions we have created, the rebel side can never be tamed. Yes, there is paranoia in every page after page 26, a bit of romance as in YA literature.
However, the acknowledgement opening of every chapter makes the reading slow and uninteresting. There are too much unneeded explanations that made the pretended subversion with which the book was written, less attractive.