At the cross-section of terrorism, technology, citizens' rights and privacy.


Marcus Yallow and his friends [all 17 and extremely tech savvy] are skipping school so they can play a popular online scavenger hunt game. Little did they know they would land in the middle of a terrorist attack! Because of their technology expertise,  the Department of Homeland Security [DHS] interrogate the teens. They are kept for days at Treasure Island, a prison off the San Francisco coast, where they are treated harshly.

After being released from prison, Marcus returns home only to find that the city has changed for the worse. Privacy is being stripped away ruthlessly and everyone is viewed as a suspect for the previous week's events.  Marcus, his friends, and his secret tech community, are determined to stop DHS and their blatant invasions of privacy.

BTSYA / Teen Reader (16):
In an increasingly tech dependent society like ours, privacy invasion is a real concern, and Little Brother is a perfect example of how easily the government can access our information. He also highlights another theme: just because you don't want your information known, doesn’t mean you are guilty of something.

Little Brother is one of my favorite books. Not only does it illustrate a terrifying society that isn’t so far out of reach, it is also a fast-paced, thrilling story that sucks readers in from beginning to end. After reading this novel I am definitely more likely to check out more cyberpunk thrillers and other works by Cory Doctorow.

Fans of sci-fi, technology-themed novels or those who enjoy dystopian stories will find this an amazing, and it would make n amazing gift for them. Because of the swearing and suggestive content (not too explicit) I recommend this for readers 13 and older.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

A fast-paced thriller that seems as much realistic as dystopian.

Content Awareness Factors:

Profanity, sexual situations. 

Type of Book:
This is a dystopian novel that looks at the cross-section of privacy rights and technology.
Educational Themes:

The story is fictional, but the premise is not: where does the right to privacy end and "the greater good" begin? How has technology blurred those lines? Can we have both? All of these are great started questions - and all sure to create debate!!

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
15 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
14 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 16
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy if you are a science fiction or technology fan.

Title Little Brother

Little Brother, Book 1 of 3

Author Cory Doctorow
Publisher Tor Teen, Imprint Macmillan Publishers © 2010
ISBN 9780765323118
Material Paperback
Cost $12.99
Genres Adventure, Science Fiction
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