Cory Doctorow’s “Little Brother”


littlebrotherWhat started out as pretentious to me, turned out to be the best piece of fiction I’ve read in a long time. Author, journalist and activist Corey Doctorow released his novel “Little Brother” under a Creative Commons. I just finished reading it (on my new Kindle), and I loved it.

For the first two chapters, I was getting aggravated with the overuse of ‘look at me I’m 1337‘ dialogue. As a person who understood every reference, I found it distracting and felt that to book was trying to hard. It’s possible that someone who doesn’t completely get the references would not be as distracted, so I won’t hold this minor issue against the book.

All of that aside, this is a great story. It is both educational and entertaining, as well as heartwarming. Doctorow is always very outspoken against government surveillance, DRM, and other “Orwellian” practices. “Little Brother” illustrates with great force Corey’s views and fears. He illustrates how the U.S. government is slowly eroding the Bill of Rights, and taking away the foundation of our great nation…our freedom.

It’s educational, but not preachy and the characters are very engaging. “Little Brother” is a great thriller, and the best fictional book I’ve read in years. It’s labeled a ‘young adult’ novel, but it’s a great read for both young and old alike.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…

–The Declaration of Independence