I am reading Litter Brother by Cory Doctorow and it is sooo smart, funny and wonderful! Fans of George Orwell and dystopic novels will love this book. It is available online for FREE! I am reading it in bound form but until I can buy a copy for the library in the fall, I suggest any interested parties head over to
http://craphound.com/littlebrother/download/ to download a FREE copy!! (Did I mention it was free?)
Here is a summary of my new favorite YA book:
Interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus is released into what is now a police state, and decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.
And a review:
Kirkus Review – April 1, 2008
In this unapologetically didactic tribute to 1984, Marcus–known online as w1n5t0n (pronounced “Winston”)–takes on the Department of Homeland Security. It’s only a few years in the future, and surveillance software is everywhere. Monitored laptops track students’ computer use; transit passes and automated toll systems track travel; credit-card networks track consumer purchasing. A terrorist attack on San Francisco is all the excuse the DHS needs for a crackdown, and Marcus is swept up in the random post-bombing sweeps. But where arrest and torture break 1984’s Winston, they energize w1n5t0n. Released from humiliating imprisonment and determined to fight those who say that the innocent have nothing to hide, Marcus becomes the driving force behind a network of teenagers fighting the surveillance state. Long passages of beloved tech-guru Doctorow’s novel are unabashedly educational, detailing the history of computing, how to use anti-surveillance software and anarchist philosophies. Yet in the midst of all this overt indoctrination, Marcus exists as a fully formed character, whose adolescent loves and political intrigues are compelling for more than just propagandistic reasons. Terrifying glimpse of the future–or the present.