Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Reviewed By: A.T.
Wow! Talk about 1984 for teens! Meet Marcus and his friends Van, Darryl and Jolu! Imagine if 9/11 happened in Califorina instead of New York. Imagine if you were just out for a fun day of playing games with your friends when the world as you knew it changed forever. Now imagine that you were in the wrong place at the wrong time and you are being accused of being a terrorist! After being wrongly imprisoned for days after the attack, you are finally released only to find everything different. Every move, every keystroke on your computer, every phone call you make, everytime you take the train...It's all being tracked in the name of your freedom. What would you do? What could you do? That is the basis for this excellent thriller about what happens when you fight for your rights and don't let other people or the government take away your freedoms in the name of "safety".
Why I Picked it Up: It was recommended to me a long time ago, but now we are reading it for one of my book clubs.
Why I Finished It: I had to find out if they stood up to Big Brother or not (you'll only get that Big Brother reference if you've read 1984 by George Orwell...and if you haven't you should!) Stick it to the man, Marcus!
I’d Give this Book To: Anyone who's read 1984 or Brave New World for school...you might find this a bit more up to date and to your liking. This is an excellent dystopian future set a little too close to home that would be great for any fan of science fiction, or even realistic fiction.