One of my favorite books I read in 2008 was Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. It’s set in San Francisco a little into the future when the next big terrorist attack happens to the US. Marcus, the main character, a 17 year old kid, is suspected of being involved by the Dept. of Homeland Security because he was skipping school that day. The book follows Marcus as he fights the DHS and tries to prevent San Francisco from turning into a police state. The characters are unique and well-developed, and the plot kept me on the edge of my seat.
There’s a lot of technical info; Marcus is really into video games and uses technology to help him. Doctorow does an excellent job of explaining everything from Paranoid Linux and encryption keys to how to use a toilet paper tube and some LCD lights to look for hidden video cameras in a room. He explains everything in a way that is easy to understand if you aren’t a technology expert, yet it’s not so watered down that it bores a tech geek. My husband, and IT guy, read it and loved it just as much as I did. If you aren’t familiar with Doctorow, he’s published books in the adult market and writes for tech web sites and magazines.
If you are at all interested in reading this, Doctorow has Little Brother available on his site as a free download in just about every format you could imagine. I highly recommend checking this out, whether in ebook form or not.
Thanks to Ben for letting me know about this!