"This is the sequel to Little Brother and, if anything, is better, in my opinion. A first class examination of all that's wrong, and right, with American society, told in Doctorow's inimitable and hugely enjoyable style. Faultless. --Books Monthly
Things are never simple, though: old frenemies from his Xnet days come out of exile with amazing tales of political corruption, powerful billionaires bent on "austerity" at any cost, a subprime bubble built on student debt, and a Homeland Security Industrial Complex that isn't about to let anyone get in its way. Marcus is now a mole in the political establishment, embroiled in lethal political intrigue and the sharp end of class warfare, American style.
“As always, Doctorow fills his novel with cutting-edge technology, didactic progressive messages, strong and somewhat snarky characters, and discursions that reflect his passions (a Wil Wheaton cameo? instructions on cold brewing coffee? why not?). Fans of Little Brother and the author’s other stories of technophiliac hacktivism ought to love this book.” Publishers Weekly