Little Brother

Cory Doctorow

Tor Teen

A Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of the Year

One of the Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
Marcus, a.k.a “w1n5t0n,” is only seventeen 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.


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Chapter 1

I’m a senior at Cesar Chavez, High in San Francisco’s sunny Mission district, and that makes me one of the most surveilled people in the world. My name is Marcus Yallow, but back when this story starts, I was going by w1n5t0n. Pronounced "Winston."

Not pronounced "Double-you-one-enn-five-tee-zero-enn"— unless you’re a clueless disciplinary officer who’s far enough behind the curve that you still call the Internet "the information superhighway."

I know just such a clueless person, and his name is Fred Benson, one of three vice-principals



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Little Brother

Cory Doctorow

Book Sense Children's Pick, VOYA's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, CYBIL Award, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, Publisher's Weekly Kids Galley to Grab, Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List, Booklist Editors' Choice, Amazon.com Top 10 Editor's Picks: Teens, Hugo Award - Nominee, John W. Campbell Memorial Award - Winner, Locus Awards - Nominee, Nebula Awards - Nominee




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