2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good premise, let down by poor characterisation,
This review is from: Little Brother (Paperback)
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I really wanted to like this book. I mostly agree with the politics espoused in it, and the concept of updating 1984 for the new threats to privacy of our modern age is a timely one.
Sadly I found the writing just wasn't up to scratch. The beginning and end are good, but in between the style is sadly lacking. I found myself increasingly distant from the main character (Marcus) and uninterested in the two-dimensional goodies and baddies. Doctorow spends too much time lecturing the reader, through Marcus, on basic points about cryptography and how the internet works.
Overall, it's nearly good, but desperately in need of some harsh editing in the flabby middle section. If some of the wikipedia articles masquerading as content were cut and replaced with characterisation, you might have a good book on your hands.