Doctorow, Cory. Little Brother. New York: Tor, 2008. 365 pp. ISBN: 0765319853
Seventeen-year-old Marcus Yallow is accused, tortured, and targeted by the Department of Homeland Security after a terrorist attack rips throughSan Francisco. Innocent and angry, he finds his techno-geek hacker skills and personal convictions lead him into a showdown in the name of freedom he never could have imagined.
I have a question for you – what is the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
We all have moments when we’re brave, but I’m here to say that none of you has ever been as brave as Marcus Yallow is about to be.
Five days ago, Marcus’ city was attacked by terrorists. Thousands died. Marcus – a techno-geek hacker who was skipping school to play an Internet game – was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was arrested. He was tortured. Now, he has been returned home and they’re tracking his every move.
They’re tracking everyone’s every move. The Department of Homeland Security is tapping phones, filming, and listening in every way they can. They’re pulling people over. Shaking people down. Making some disappear. Marcus finds himself driven by the words of the Declaration of Independence.
“Government are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”
A solemn vow drives Marcus to declare a war of his own – on invasion of privacy, on intimidation, and on threats to freedom. Ignoring his fears about being tortured again – or worse – Marcus tunes up his tech tools and takes action.
Can you imagine it? What would it be like to fight against your own government to save the country you love?
Awards/Honors (source: http://us.macmillan.com/littlebrother/CoryDoctorow):
- Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel (2009)
- Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel (2008)
- John W. Campbell Memorial Awards for Best Science Fiction Novel (2009)
- Emperor Norton Award (2008)
- Prometheus Award for Best Novel (2009)
- Sakura Medal Nominee for High School Book (2010)
- Florida Teen Read Nominee (2009)