Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Best Books of 2008: Little Brother

It's that time of year again, and your friendly neighborhood librarians are eager to tell you about the best books of 2008. Here is Anarda with a review of her favorite young adult book of the year.

My vote for a stand-alone title is Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, in part because of its audacity in having 17- and 18 year-olds challenge and, finally, best the deceptions and overreaching machinations of a Homeland Security Department run amok after an attack on the San Francisco Bay Bridge, and in part because I couldn’t tell what, if any, of the technological resources used in the book were current, about to be current, or only in your dreams current. Technophiles, rejoice – Little Brother attempts to use technology and wit to undermine Big Brother’s technology and fear-mongering, and sometimes the little guy triumphs. Technophobes, give it a try! By the way, this is the book choice for the high school book club in February 2009.

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