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Book # 92, Cory Doctorow, Little Brother, in ARC

With this book, the unpindownable Cory commences what I suspect will be a successful 92nd career as a YA author. Little Brother is a rollicking dystopia, the story of a bright 17 year old hacker who has taken it upon himself to go toe to toe with Homeland Security in an America not all that different from the one we're living in. This book has a whole bunch to recommend it: It's fast-paced, well-written, and the protagonist is engaging in a geeky way, if just a tiny little bit generic. The book is a bit didactic in places. However, since in some ways it's a fictionalized manual for how to build an underground resistance to an evil government, that's only to be expected. Really very good, and based on what I remember about my own teenage years, Cory's captured a particular element of adolescence very well--that sense of being a grownup (or maybe even understanding things better than a grownup would) without having the baggage of accumulated years of failure to tell you exactly how it is that things could go horribly wrong.

Good book, recommended. It comes out in May.

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He read out a chapter at the weekend - it sounds great.
Seconded. Twelve-year-old son sitting next to me at the same reading whispered urgently 'we have to get that book!' He'll have to toss a coin with me for first reading then.

(And he's equally adamant we must find out what happens to Badger)