Little Brother

Groundbreaking teen cyberpunk novel is available as a free ebook download.

Written by Cory Doctorow

High School techno geeks meet DHS (Homeland Security) in a not-so-friendly manner. A seemingly innocent X-Box hacker builds his own underground internet and soon has thousands of teenage followers. Big Brother (DHS) goes looking with tighter security everywhere which makes the underground that much more popular. A very good read augmented by the epilogue from the real-life x-box hacker and commentaries on cyber security.

Review by Keith Smedberg, Olympus High Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 9-12

Little Brother is available as a free download in a variety of ebook formats, here are links to a few of them.

Little Brother (PDF)
Little Brother (EPUB)
Little Brother (Kindle File)

These are available because Cory Doctorow has published his work under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license, meaning you can legally share it and remix it how and whenever you want, as long as you give him credit and don’t benefit commercially from it. You can find more versions, along with other information about this project, here.

Cory Doctorow – Official Website

Little Brother
Written by Cory Doctorow
416 p.
Release Date: April 29, 2008 (reissued since in various editions)
ISBN: 9780765319852 (hardcover) ; 9780765323118 (paperback)

From the Publisher

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.

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