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Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

August 24, 2011

Author: Corey Doctorow

Title: Little Brother

Genre: Science Fiction

Publication Date: 2008

Number of Pages: 380

Geographical Setting: San Fransisco, CA

Time Period: Near Future

Series: N/A

Plot Summary: Little Brother is a cyberpunk techno-thriller that follows the life and tribulations of hacker prodigy Marcus Yallow. While cutting class with his friends, Marcus is caught nearby in a terrorist attack on the San Fransisco Bay Bridge and is taken in for questioning. The government agent takes Marcus in and subjects him to all manner of torments in order to ascertain if he is dangerous or not. After a gruesome ordeal, Marcus is finally released home and vows to make the corrupt government pay for subjecting him and his friends to such inquisition. Marcus uses his technological prowess to keep Big Brother under the watchful eye of the hackers of Little Brother. The story is easy enough to understand (and is written with younger adults in mind) while still being informative and technically accurate. This story is definitely in the realm of “hard” science fiction and follows emerging technologies closely.

Subject Headings: Dystopian future, cyberpunk, hackers, Big Brother, technology, terrorism, human rights, privacy, politics, counter-culture

Appeal: fast-paced, intrigue, informative, technically accurate, younger protagonist,

3 terms that best describe this book: technical, informative, immersive

3 Relevant Non Fiction Works and Authors

1.)The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography by Simon Singh- Cryptography and the mechanisms of passwords come into play in various sections of the book.

2.) Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution by Steven Levy- This book describes some of the real-world exploits of hackers and digital activists and explains their effects upon world affairs and politics.

3.) The Best of 2600: A Hacker Odyssey by Emmanuel Goldstein- 2600 is the quintessential hacker periodical and this collection has much of the best exploits and techniques while still understandable enough for beginners.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

1.) Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson- A story of code-breakers in two separate eras (world war II and the future) and how the struggle to keep secrets and open them. Some of the same themes as Little Brother while being much more adult.

2.) V for Vendetta by Alan Moore- A graphic novel (as well as a movie) that covers the same aspects of government power gone wrong and citizen rebellion.

3.) 1984 by George Orwell- Numerous references and inspirations draw from 1984 in Little Brother not to mention the complete theme of the book.