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Book
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Edition:
1st ed.
Publisher, Date:
New York : Tor Teen, 2013.
Description:
396 p. ; 22 cm.
Summary:
When Marcus, once called M1k3y, receives a thumbdrive containing evidence of corporate and governmental treachery, his job, fame, family, and well-being, as well as his reform-minded employer's election campaign, are all endangered.
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Notes:
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Includes bibliographical references.
LCCN:
2012037366
ISBN:
9780765333698 (hbk.)
0765333694 (hbk.)
* 9781466805873 (ebk.)
* 1466805870 (ebk.)
Other Number:
795174333
System Availability:
12
Current Holds:
0
# Local items:
12
Control Number:
982652
Call Number:
[Fic]
Course Reserves:
0
# Local items in:
11
# System items in:
11
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Marcus Yallow (Male), Tortured by the government after terrorist attacks; becomes leader of the movement of technologically clued in teenagers;
Genre
Juvenile
Adventure
Topics
Terrorists
Torture
Politics
Tyranny
Corruption
Missing persons
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  Publishers Weekly Review

In this rousing sequel to Little Brother, Marcus has gone to college, dropped out, and is looking for a job-no easy task in this near-future America's worsening recession. While attending the spectacular Burning Man festival, Marcus and his girlfriend run into Masha, a secret agent he met three years earlier; she hands him a data stick filled with governmental and corporate dirty secrets, telling him to release it if she disappears. Immediately thereafter, she is kidnapped by Carrie Johnstone, the uber-competent mercenary who is determined to reacquire the data stick and protect her clients. Returning to San Francisco, Marcus finds his dream job working for an honest politician and must decide whether to make public the explosive data, while dodging Johnstone and her goons. As always, Doctorow fills his novel with cutting-edge technology, didactic progressive messages, strong and somewhat snarky characters, and discursions that reflect his passions (a Wil Wheaton cameo? instructions on cold brewing coffee? why not?). Fans of Little Brother and the author's other stories of technophiliac hacktivism ought to love this book. Ages 13-up. Agent: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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In Cory Doctorow's wildly successful Little Brother, young Marcus Yallow was arbitrarily detained and brutalized by the government in the wake of a terrorist attack on San Francisco--an experience that led him to become a leader of the whole movement of technologically clued-in teenagers, fighting back against the tyrannical security state. A few years later, California's economy collapses, but Marcus's hacktivist past lands him a job as webmaster for a crusading politician who promises reform. Soon his former nemesis Masha emerges from the political underground to gift him with a thumbdrive containing a Wikileaks-style cable-dump of hard evidence of corporate and governmental perfidy. It's incendiary stuff--and if Masha goes missing, Marcus is supposed to release it to the world. Then Marcus sees Masha being kidnapped by the same government agents who detained and tortured Marcus years earlier. Marcus can leak the archive Masha gave him--but he can't admit to being the leaker, because that will cost his employer the election. He's surrounded by friends who remember what he did a few years ago and regard him as a hacker hero. He can't even attend a demonstration without being dragged onstage and handed a mike. He's not at all sure that just dumping the archive onto the Internet, before he's gone through its millions of words, is the right thing to do. Meanwhile, people are beginning to shadow him, people who look like they're used to inflicting pain until they get the answers they want. Fast-moving, passionate, and as current as next week, Homeland is every bit the equal of Little Brother --a paean to activism, to courage, to the drive to make the world a better place.
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