Short Book Review: Little Brother

Calling this a YA book is somewhat deceptive: yes, the protagonist is a teenage boy, but I suspect it’s mainly been targeted at young adults because author Cory Doctorow intends it as a call to arms for the next generation. Teenager Marcus Yallow is in the wrong place at the wrong time after a terrorist attack on San Francisco, and is detained by the Department of Homeland Security in a nightmare scenario that, while at times farfetched, is still scarily possible. Doctorow’s portrayal of DHS veers somewhat into the cartoonish (though, as I pointed out elsewhere, perhaps not that far off), and sometimes his agenda gets in the way of his writing, but overall this is an excellent book with a good point: at the end of the day, the government is meant to serve the people, not itself.

*[This was originally posted at [my tumblelog](http://writeology.tumblr.com) where I’ve started [keeping track of all the books that I read](http://writeology.tumblr.com/tagged/book), but I though it would be worth posting here too—of course, now I’ve created a feedback loop, since a link to this post will show up there. I’ll try reversing the polarity…]*