Little Brother

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

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.


One response to “Little Brother

  1. Little Brother should be required reading for every high school student. I loved it, and I was crying by the end.

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