Review: Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

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Review for Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Little Brother is built on the backbone of 1984 by George Orwell. To say they both focus on the lack of privacy and invasiveness of the government would be true. However Little Brother is written for a modern audience and is full of technology and 3 letter agencies based in Washington DC.

The main character - the Little Brother (as opposed to the Big Brother in 1984) - is Marcus. Marcus is your typical slightly geeky adolescence who has a thing against authority. He finds ways to get around technology - putting rocks in his shoes, for instance, to bypass the gait watching of the administrators at school - but isn't a bad boy. He never makes outright war against those around him .. until the bridge collapses and he makes an enemy of a power hungry military woman who promises that she is always watching.

Little Brother shows the world we live in and how our privacy is violated everyday and how, without knowing it, we willingly hand over our rights.