Little Brother

August 5, 2017

Author: Cory Doctorow.


Marcus aka “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, his injured best friend Darryl does not come out. The 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: “M1k3y” will take down the DHS himself.

(Published summary)

Content Review:

Sexual Content: Character hears girl shout “Pervert! Get your hands off me!” Character’s half-listening to a call-in radio show about sex problems (but this is stated, the actual text not shown). Two teens are kissing, then start undressing but get interrupted. Same teens later strip naked, roll around on the bed kissing but stop at the last minute before going further. In the third such scene they actually have sex.

Language: 23 hell, 12 d***, 12 scatological terms, 10 derogatory terms.

Violence: Characters caught in panicked mob – see a middle-aged man trampled but are unable to help him. Character strikes a kid upside the head. Multiple teens are held illegally with minimum care, questioned and threatened. News headlines say thousands are dead after a terrorist attack. Police use tear-gas on a large gathering of teenagers. One character is taken prisoner, and his interrogators start a water-boarding session, but are stopped very shortly.

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