Marcus Yallow is a 17 year old technophile in Cory Doctorow’s young adult fiction novel “Little Brother”. One day, Marcus and three of his friends skip school in order to play an online game called Harajuku Fun Madness. While doing one of the games quests which involves searching for clues in San Francisco, the group witnesses a terrorist attack on the city. Trying to get back home, one of his friends is stabbed and the group searches for help. They find a military jeep expecting for aid, only to be instead shackled and taken in for interrogation by the Department of Homeland Security. After 6 days of brutal interrogation, Marcus and two others are released. Angered, Marcus decides to revolt against the Department of Homeland Security by using technological means to reveal the truth. Using his knowledge of technology and help from others, Marcus stops at nothing to get his friend back and defeat the Department of Homeland Security.
“Little Brother” is a story that manages to pack important themes and messages in an easy to understand format for young adults. The story is written in first person from Marcus’ perspective. I thought that the informal writing style used was appropriate as it makes it easier for the books intended audience to understand. The theme of privacy versus security was something I found easy to connect with, and I think that it is a theme that many can also relate to. Personally, I found this book easy to understand. However, the one flaw I found was that the book uses terminology that those without an interest in technology may not have an easy time reading. “Little Brother” is a book that has powerful messages. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t recommend it to those who don’t have an interest in computer technology.