San Francisco Public Library’s One City One Book 2013: Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

May 28, 2013

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San Francisco Public Library’s One City One Book 2013:

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow


A major terrorist attack strikes the Bay Area. The Department of Homeland Security declares a police state where every citizen is treated as a potential terrorist. The fate of our first amendment rights resides in the hands of a high school-age hacker. This is the premise of the provocative, refreshing and timely novel Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, which has been chosen as San Francisco’s One City One Book for 2013Little Brother book cover.

The One City One Book: San Francisco Reads 2013 Selection Committee says Little Brother, which is set in San Francisco, is the perfect pick this year because “Doctorow is an author not afraid to fight the good fight, and in this highly readable, technologically savvy novel for all reading levels, he gives us the tools necessary so that we can do the same.” Additionally, “reading it will be a great cross cultural experience for youth and adults.”

For the first time, the One City One Book selection committee has picked a book that is marketed as a Young Adult novel.  Library Journal says: “Doctorow is the ultimate crossover author, whose sharp writing and commitment to investigating the hot-button political and technological issues of today (and tomorrow) engage YA and adult readers alike.”

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About the Book and Author:

Marcus, a.k.a “w1n5t0n,” is only 17 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, Marcus discovers that his 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: to take down the DHS himself.

Little Brother is available at all San Francisco Public Libraries and also can be downloaded for FREE:

Image of Cory DoctorowCanadian-born Cory Doctorow is the author of the New York Times bestselling young adult novel Little Brother, and the co-editor of the popular blog BoingBoing. His other YA novels include Pirate Cinema and Homeland (2013), the sequel to Little Brother. His adult novels and short stories have won him three Locus Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He has been named one of the Web’s twenty-five “influencers” by Forbes Magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.