Little Brother (Paperback)

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Marcus is a hacker. A cyber geek that likes to undermine authority. But when Marcus is in the wrong place during a terrorist attack on San Francisco, his worst nightmares of authority come true. As San Francisco descends into a police state, Marcus is thrust into a dangerous game against the Department of Homeland Security with the direst of consequences. A chilling young adult book worthy of Orwell's darkest thoughts on the future of society.

Casey S.

First published in 2008, this YA novel about a teenage hacker who gets swept up by the DHS in an anti-terrorism raid, becomes more topical and prescient with each passing year. Cory Doctorow's smart and highly readable (really, both my teenagers loved it) book is actually a treatise on why your freedom and privacy are important and how you (yes you!) can fight back against the surveillance state.

— From Rania


Marcus, a.k.a "w1n5t0n," is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works–and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school's intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.

But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison where they're mercilessly interrogated for days.

When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.

About the Author

Cory Doctorow is a regular contributor to the Guardian, Locus, and many other publications. He is a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an MIT Media Lab Research Associate and a visiting professor of Computer Science at the Open University. His award-winning novel Little Brother and its sequel Homeland were a New York Times bestsellers. His novella collection Radicalized was a CBC Best Fiction of 2019 selection. Born and raised in Canada, he lives in Los Angeles.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780765323118
ISBN-10: 0765323117
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: April 13th, 2010
Pages: 432
Language: English