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Title: Little Brother
Author: Cory Doctorow
Length: 382 pages
What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):
Marcus aka “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, his injured best friend Darryl does not come out. The 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: “M1k3y” will take down the DHS himself.
How and when I got it:
I bought a paperback copy about 3 years ago.
Why I want to read it:
To be honest, I’m not entirely sure that I do want to read this! I’ve heard about Little Brother for years, but in general, tech-focused sci-fi isn’t usually my jam. Still, check out those blurbs by Neil Gaiman and Scott Westerfeld!
This book pops up on a lot of “best of” geeky reading lists, but I didn’t have a copy of my own until a few years ago, when I picked one up thinking it might entice my son to read a book other than those assigned for school. Nope, he didn’t show any interest, but I’ve held onto it, thinking I’d want to read it eventually.
So far, I haven’t been motivated to pick it up and give it a try, so at this point, I’m inclined to think that Little Brother will go in the donate pile next time I need to clear more room on my shelves. But… I’m open to being persuaded that I should keep it and read it!
What do you think? Would you read this book? And if you’ve read it, do you recommend it?
Please share your thoughts!
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8 thoughts on “Shelf Control #336: Little Brother by Cory Doctorow”
I think I own a copy of this too. I’ve tried Cory Doctorow and have never really been able to get into his book, unfortunately.
This is one of my few Shelf Control books that I really don’t think I’ll end up reading — but it’s been around for so long that I thought I should at least consider. 🙂
Hey Lisa! I probably wouldn’t read this, mostly because I don’t like sci fi much, but I can see why you might want to, especially since it’s a San Franciso setting! An endorsement by Gaiman and Westerfeld is impressive, though!
Hi Barbara — Yes, between the blurbs and the San Francisco setting, I haven’t quite been able to make this an absolute “no”, but I’ve also never felt the need to actually read it!
I’m not familiar with the book or author, so no input from me. 🙂 This week I featured Shotgun Lovesongs for my shelf cleaning post.
Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys
Thanks for sharing your link!
I read this for a sci fi and fantasy MOOC I once took, and ended up enjoying this (I’ve rated it 4 stars); don’t remember the details now at all, but I remember the scenario being a rather scary one in the sense that it envisions scenarios that can well take place in the current day. I even have an essay I wrote on it comparing the characters and certain elements to Harry Potter, but the details are clean wiped out from my mind.
Oh wow, that’s great to know that you enjoyed it enough to give it 4 stars (and that there’s a comparison to HP), even if you don’t remember the details!