Review: Little Brother

Little Brother
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Oh man, I really wanted to like this one. I was excited since it’s about hackers (I’m one of those “tech folks”) AND it’s set in San Francisco. It started off well enough. However once the big disaster hits San Francisco, things went downhill for me. The book turned into a heavy-handed soapbox for the author to share his political views about the government, information security, etc. The characters don’t even talk like teenagers; they’re just vehicles for the author to present his views as well as the opposing views. Oh well. Also there was WAY too much explanation of tech concepts. It’s supposed to be fiction. Whenever Marcus comes up with a new tech concept, he has to spend pages and pages explaining it. it was cool at first, but by the middle of the book it just grew tiresome. Getting through this felt like forcing yourself to eat everything on your plate even though you’re already full.

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