Ellen’s March Recommendation

Little BrotherLittle Brother by Cory Doctorow

“Teens and adults alike will enjoy (and question) this book, set in San Francisco in the near future. Teen techno-geek Marcus, mistakenly detained for 6 days after a terrorist attack, fights back against an increasingly invasive and restrictive system. He and other tech-savvy teens find ways to disable the constant surveillance (gait recognition software, RFIDs, constant filming… ) and stage a online-managed revolution. Marcus is a very well-developed, complex character one easily feels for.  Doctorow’s tensely written work addresses social justice and civil liberties issues, and made me feel uncomfortably squirmy about the broad powers granted to Homeland Security and by the Patriot Act.  Some of the technology ( with explanations, for those of us who appreciate them), is currently used, some has been developed and is being tested, and some is in the future… maybe. I hope this book isn’t scarily prescient. I both loved it and was troubled by it.”

3 Similar Reads (YA Fiction)

Tomorrow, when the war began by John Marsden

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Shade’s Children by Garth Nix


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