Sunday, May 18, 2008

Little Brother

Hey it's my one hundredth post! And to celebrate I finished reading what will probably prove to be the best reviewed YA novel of the year, Cory Doctorow's Little Brother, and I'm happy to say that the reviews are very well deserved. This is easily Doctorow's best novel since his debut, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, and this is largely due to the fact that he finally worked the passion of his day job into one of his books.

The real rough description for the story is the Department of Homeland Security vs. the youth of America. Along the way Doctorow gets to espouse on the virtues of hacking, how privacy and security can coexist peacefully, and on why each generation should redefine the world around them on their own terms. Unsurprisingly the novel reads a bit like a call to arms, but that's entirely appropriate. This book is supposed to inspire, which very few works of fiction attempt to do, and even fewer succeed at. My first response after finishing this book was that it was such a shame to have to wait until November to vote. For that alone this book should be required reading for every high school student today.

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