29. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Teen Books, Thriller/Suspense

Homeland by Cory Doctorow, 384 pages, read by Courtney, on 03/20/2013

Marcus “M1k3y” Yallow’s story continues two years after the events in Little Brother. We catch up to him at Burning Man where he is attempting to show off his 3d printer with the aid of his girlfriend, Ange. Regrettably, the playa dust is causing some technical difficulties, so Marcus and Ange have given up and moved on to enjoy the Burning Man scene. Imagine Marcus’s surprise when he encounters a face from his not-too-distant past: Masha. Masha has tracked Marcus down to deliver a USB drive with thousands of incendiary documents from various government and corporate entities. He is told to release him if he hears about Masha being captured.
As soon as Marcus returns home, he is thrilled to discover a job waiting for him with a local independent politician who is impressed with Marcus’s technological acumen. Desperate to keep the first job he’s had in years, Marcus holds back on releasing the documents until he can find a way to distribute them to maximum effect with minimum connection to him. This is obviously going to take a little help from his friends. Good thing he’s still got them. Only problem is that Marcus is not nearly as anonymous as he used to be and he still has enemies who have left Homeland Security to go into private mercenary work (which is even more intimidating due to the complete lack of oversight).
Scary and exhilarating all at once, Homeland is a thrilling read. As always with Cory Docotorow’s works, I’m left both smarter and more paranoid than ever. The technologies discussed are never entirely fabricated; some may still be in their infancy, but the implications are played out so well. This is the type of book that makes one realize how important a free and open internet is, how corrupt the laws governing the transmission of digital information can be and what we, as citizens, can do to move towards a better future.

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