- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Harper Voyager; 1st edition (13 Oct. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007288425
- ISBN-13: 978-0007288427
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘I’d recommend ‘Little Brother’ over pretty much any book I’ve read this year. Because I think it’ll change lives. It’s a wonderful, important book’ Neil Gaiman
‘Cory Doctorow’s novel could hardly be more relevant, scary and eye-opening … seriously entertaining.’ The Times
‘A cracking read’ Guardian
‘A well structured and superbly executed thriller with breakneck pacing and an emotional payoff to boot. Engaging, thought provoking, and at times harrowing.SciFi Now
‘An entertaining thriller and a thoughtful polemic on Internet-era civil rights … a terrific read’ New York Times
‘A compulsive and chillingly credible read … would make a great discussion for any reading group’ New Books
‘A tale of struggle familiar to any teenager, about those moments when you choose what your life is going to mean.’ Steven Gould, author of ‘Jumper’
‘A timely and at times frightening read that is sure to resonate with a generation of computer-savvy teens, but also with those who have never heard of an arphid or re-built a hard drive’ Sun Herald (Australia)
‘Doctorow’s ambitious set-up spawns a fast-paced tale of triumph …rife with snappy dialogue and breathtaking scope … an exceptional, eye-opening novel that everyone should read’ Canberra Times
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With a title like 'Little Brother', Cory Doctorow's novel is bound to draw comparison with 1984, although the two are only superficially similar. To me choice of title feels as though it was made in the hope of catching some reflected glory from Orwell's masterpiece, which is shame; though not destined for 1984's greatness amongst the literary canon, I think 'Little Brother' may, in future, be seen as a seminal piece of counter-cultural fiction.
But what do I know? I'm over 25, which Doctorow goes some to lengths to point out, means that it's best not to listen to me. Little Brother, is very much a novel for the young and although I enjoyed it, I'm sure I missed some of the nuances of an IT savvy lifestyle and the general state of oppression that most teenagers (feel they) live under. I found 'Little Brother' very reminiscent of Scott Westerfeld's novels, which I have also enjoyed and at the end of the novel, Doctorow acknowledges Westerfeld's influence.
Little Brother breaks down into two major themes; the use of technology and the abuse of power. The sections that detail using an Xbox to create an underground internet and outline the various cryptographic measures taken by the characters, reek of authenticty and form a solid framework upon which the novel is built. For me though, the strength of the novel lies in its assessment of the abuse of our basic human rights through anti-terror legislation.
The near-future, pictured by Doctorow is entirely plausible and therefore all the more
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Doctorow sets out to bombard his readers with information in a way vaguely reminiscent of Manuel Puig's footnotes in Kiss of the Spider Woman - this is a polemic with a narrative with a hundred articles on youth culture, political history, the beats, human rights, counter-terrorism and so on and so forth all in one book. It is openly didactic and angrily political and if you agree with its social commentary (as I do) it is quite an experience.
Little Brother is also an instruction manual on how to think about security - from mundane security to draconian security to security against draconian security; Doctorow aims to show how security can work for you and against you and how security without privacy is ineffective and harmful. In addition Little Brother is a homage to hackers (like Andrew "bunnie" Huang), defenders of freedom (like Emma Goldman) and writers (like George Orwell).
The novels style is fast, meandering, idiomatic (in a middle class geeky way) and realist. Doctorow is not above using thriller devices like chapter cliff-hangers and foreshadowing nor will he be gentle.Read more ›
I genuinely hadn't realised the novel was for younger reader's when I selected it, never mind though because it was fantastic. Some of the technology mentioned was lost on me in places, however with the author's ability to divulge the necessary information without you feeling bombarded, it didn't impinge on my reading or understanding of the plot. I have a feeling the title and cover would have caught my eye on a shelf, my cover has a teenager in a hoody in front of a CCTV camera; whilst another has a big red cross on the front.
I live in a fantastic area and because I live next to a roundabout close to businesses, there is a CCTV camera more or less outside of my front door. Whilst I was reading the book, the ideas that were beginning to circle around in my mind got me to thinking about why the surveillance cameras were there; even more so once I'd reached the two different afterword at the end.
Initially the book doesn't race along and when I first picked it up I thought it was going to be a slow read - mainly because some of the terminology was beyond me. However I was wrong and I soon became sucked into seventeen year-old Marcus' world. It's a world I will never naturally inhabit and for the brief time I was in it, I was fascinated.Read more ›
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This book was an engaging and thought provoking read. What I love about it is that it forces you to think differently about aspects of society that have become so commonplace, but... Read morePublished 5 months ago by P. Goodall
Good interesting book,very good introduction to online security threaded through a storyPublished 11 months ago by Franki
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I think this is an important book, like a modern reworking of 1984 but with a more positive outcome. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Karl Drinkwater
Did not think this kind of book would grab me, but it kept me gripped and intrigued the whole way through. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rhona
what a great book, i read the free edition and have read a bunch of Corys books since i love his style and this books introduces us to a guy who gets involved with Linux, and... Read morePublished 22 months ago by ian
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