Little Brother

Little Brother I started reading Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother around 9:30ish last night. Cory gives his books away for free, under a creative commons license. I was reading the HTML version. It was so good that I literally finished the whole book at one go, at around 3am today; a fact that my eyes have been complaining about all day.

Every time I read one of his books, I wish I had bought it first. I keep forgetting to though; but I’m thinking that sometime soon I’ll just go and pick up all his books at once.

Set a few years in the future, Little Brother is the amazing tale of Marcus, a teen-aged hacker (and I use that word in it’s best possible sense), who’s good at outsmarting security systems. Picked up by the Department of Homeland Security after a major terrorist attack on San Francisco; he is ‘interrogated’ for a few days. When he is released, he finds out that the DHS has turned the whole city into an Orwellian nightmare.

What follows is sort of like a hand-book for technological revolution. At times, I was just delighted at the sheer audacity of it all. To top it all, Little Brother has my kind of humour. The ending seems just a little bit off; but all-in-all, this book is a must read.

You can easily imagine similar (or worse) things happening in the real world—a scary thought. The technology is all real. It’s given me a lot to think about.

I’m gonna bug a couple of my friends till they read this one—it’s the sort of book that you have to pass along.

One other thing: Cory dedicates each of the chapters to a bookstore. I loved it; and am totally jealous. I wish Indian stores were like the ones he describes…