|Publisher:||St Martins Pr|
|Publish Date:||Apr 2010|
|Number of Pages:||416|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.84|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.5 x 1.1 x 8.25|
Writer and activist Cory Doctorow was born in Toronto, Canada on July 17, 1971. In 1999 he co-founded a free software company called Opencola and served as Canadian Regional Director of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. For four years he worked as European Affairs Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and in 2007 won its Pioneer Award. His first novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, won a Locus Award for Best First Novel.
His short story collection A Place So Foreign and Eight More won a Sunburst Award, and his bestselling novel Little Brother received the 2009 Prometheus Award, a Sunburst Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Doctorow also writes nonfiction books and articles, and he co-edits the biog Boing Boing.
When your government becomes Big Brother, it takes a Little Brother to bring it down. There is another terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Marcus (aka "w1n5t0n") is in the wrong place at the wrong time and is swept up by Homeland Security and taken to an undisclosed location for interrogation. When he is released, he is ever more determined to take back his country by bringing down the authorities who have put a stranglehold on his city.
Why It Is for Us: This book makes no apologies for its hatred of the Patriot Act and the War on Terror (readers get a first-person account of the horrors of waterboarding). The coeditor of Boing Boing, Doctorow knows his technology. Industrious teens (and others) will be able to use Marcus's techniques to bring down their own school firewalls, thanks to an excellent reading list that also champions intellectual freedom and information equality.
-Angelina Benedetti, King Cty. Lib. Syst., WA
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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.
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