Little Brother

Little Brother is one of Cory Doctorow’s latest novels. Its story tells of a young hacker who is arrested by the Department of Homeland Security and is summarily tortured as it is believed he is a terrorist.

He is released and told that a close eye will be kept on him at all times. His computer has been compromised, his parents have no idea what’s going on, and he refuses to tell anyone what really happened to his friend who didn’t come back.

As a story it’s great. It’s just some of the real world issues don’t correlate with reality. The first thing I found annoying was the fact that Microsoft never released an item known as an Xbox Universal, let alone for free.

The second thing is that the main character claims to have gotten a 500GB email account from the Swedish Pirate Party, and that they give these things out to anyone who asks for one.

Yes, I know this is a work of fiction, but sometimes things go a bit too far for the sake of narrative. Why couldn’t Doctorow have just said the United States Pirate Party? Oh, right, my own United States Pirate Party account is just over 6GB.

In the end, Little Brother is a good work of fiction, it does present a few good ideas, but should not be relied upon as being a 100% possible world possibility.

Ordinarily I love Doctorow’s work, especially his non-fiction stuff.


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