My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In the near future, teenager Marcus Yallow is rounded up by federal officials immediately following a terrorist attack on the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Marcus is subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques, but is released after a few days of secret captivity. Seeing his city turned into a virtual prison by zealous Homeland Security, Marcus vows to find a way to circumvent their onerous surveillance practices and find out what happened to his best friend who was detained and not released. This is a realistic and chilling, if at times heavy-handed, extrapolation of the excesses of a government that ignores basic Constitutional rights under the guise of national security. Little Brother emphasizes that a free society should be built on openness, not secrecy, no matter how great the threats are. The book is a primer on the kind of thinking needed to maintain our liberties, and the courage to act on that thinking.