Big little brother

Doctorow, C. (2008). Little Brother. New York: Tor Teen.

Genre: Dystopian / realistic / near-future cyberpunk

Intended audience: Mid-teens and up; anti-authoritarians and rebels

Little brotherPersonal reaction to the book: This is thought-provoking if a little didactic (OK, a lot didactic at times). It’s a well-researched and totally subversive guide for teens. I would have read this book happily in high school.

Sadly, it really doesn’t feel totally over the top, even though it is written as a somewhat dystopian near-future novel. It is no surprise to discover Doctorow is not American; the post-911 American thought police would have got to him before he got around to publishing.

Author facts: Cory Doctorow co-edits the weblog Boing Boing. Born in Toronto, he now lives in London. He is the former European director of Electronic Freedom Foundation.

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