Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow
Reviewed By: A.T.
Meet 16 year old Trent McCauley, aka Cecil B. DeVille. He's an average teenager who's passion is remixing video clips to create his own unique films. He believes what he is doing to be completely innocent, until he gets his family's Internet connection turned off, by the order of the the government. Now what is his family to do? His mom can't log on to get her health care benefits, his dad's job relied on their Internet connection, and his younger sister won't be able to keep up with her homework. In a desperate move, Trent runs away to London and there his life takes a turn for the better! He meets a whole bunch of friends who take him in, help him adjust to "life on the streets" and show him a new way of looking at life. But all of this is not enough. Trent and his friends eventually get caught up in something much bigger than them, and it's up to them to stop the major corporations from taking over their government and writing laws where the rich get richer and the little people get sent to jail. Will they be able to outsmart the corporations? Will they all end up in jail?
Why I Picked it Up: I had read another book by this author that I liked and I was curious about this book. He always has a technological twist, and this book was no disappointment.
Why I Finished It: I had to find out if David took down Goliath (aka did Cecil and his friends beat the major corporations?). This book did not disappoint.
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this book to any high school student that enjoyed Little Brother (also by Cory Doctorow). There is a technological twist to this story, but you don't have to be a tech-head to understand what's going on. Plus there is an interesting plot line about not giving up that I found particularly inspiring.
**Librarian Side Note** This book gives an excellent example of what can happen when you stand up for what is right. It's not always an easy path to take, but that doesn't matter if you believe in what you are fighting for. If you stand by do nothing, then nothing gets changed.