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Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

April 28th, 2008 by Laura Moncur in Literature

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow at Amazon.comSee what happens when I stop reading Boing Boing? I don’t hear about the new Cory Doctorow book. Fortunately, Unshelved gave me the heads up about Little Brother by Cory Doctorow:

The book will be available tomorrow, but you can download an excerpted reading from Chapter 12 here:

With good reviews from Neil Gaiman, Brian K. Vaughan and Scott Westerfeld, Cory must have done something right.

Here is the plot of the story, courtesy of Amazon:

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.

Cory usually posts his book online for download, but it looks like he’s not doing that for this one. You’ll have to go to the library this time.

Update 04-28-08 8:35am: I just received this email from Cory Doctorow:

Hey, Laura! There’s assuredly be a free CC release of Little Brother — it’ll be online sometime next week, when I get back from visiting family in Toronto.

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