Firstly fans of Little Brother will enjoy this direct sequel we have another diatribe against the current state of American society - instead of the War on Terror and the craziness of Homeland Security we have as slightly wider canvas as Doctorow takes on the American 2 party system and the Military Industrial complex that helps support it. With the main plotline inspired by Wikileaks we get another rattling chapter of Marcus' life.
So why the 3 stars? Effectively the novel loses 2 stars for the poorly constructed and plotted ending - most of it happens off screen at one hand removed so the story never reaches a satisfying conclusion. In fact my major complaint is that several plot lines are not tied off - we never find out about Joes senate bid for example.
So as a polemics this books works as well as Little Brother - as an example of the storytellers art not so much.
As another plus there are some small essays from key people involved in Wikileaks and Reddit.
Highlight of the bonuses is a Little Brother short story which lacks most of the flaws of the main novel as does work both as a polemic and a story.
A little more polish next time please Mr Doctorow.
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About the Author
Cory Doctorow is a Canadian-born blogger, journalist, and author of nonfiction and award-winning science fiction. He is a contributing author to Wired magazine, and his writing has been published in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Globe and Mail, the Boston Globe, Popular Science, and others. He is co-editor of the blog Boing Boing, and he was named one of the Web's twenty-five ''influencers'' by Forbes and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. His novels have earned him numerous awards, including several Prometheus Awards, the 2000 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Locus Award for Best First Novel, Sunburst Award, White Pine Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He has served as Canadian regional director of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He currently lives in London. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
"Doctorow strikes a successful balance between agenda and story in his newest near-future, pre-dystopian thriller." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00N01TTFI
- Publisher : Titan Books (20 September 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 1848 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 397 pages
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a littler brother - good polemic at the expense of the storyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 October 2013
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Great story, ever more relevantReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 June 2020
Superb sequel to Little Brother, with all the thrilling plot, well-informed technology, teenage love and strong opinions on coffee you could hope for. Read if you want be be justifiably angry with the world, and equipped with a few ideas to make things different.
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Marcus et all are back. W00T!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 August 2014
I loved 'Little Brother' and so it was shoe in that I'd love 'Homeland', its sequel: I did. Doctorow's characters grab you, and his tale, though fiction, is painfully close to reality. I Want to go to Burning Man!!!
Superb!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 April 2016
Superb book. Everyone should read it! Opens your eyes on the way the world really works. Great characters, I felt their pain and joys. I also learned a lot about technical side of Internet and modern technology, all made clear for an old layman like me.