By Cory Doctorow
I bought this as part of the Humble eBook Bundle; it was one of the bundle that I’d been meaning to get round to reading. It took me some time because its YA; which Doctorow seems to be writing more and more of (can’t blame him; I hear its the most lucrative market, which makes sense). The problem is, I have a low embarrassment threshold, and as I identify/emote easily with the protagonists, being reminded of teenage years is never a good thing!
Anyway, it took me some time to get into, mostly because of the YA and the fairly gut wrenching start of the protagonist ruining his family’s life by getting them cut off the internet.
Actually, even though this is the main point of the book, this law has never made much sense to me – there are just so many ways round it these days – but I’m probably missing stuff Doctorow’s seen, since he’s a smart cookie and no mistake. However, I pretty much tore through the last third
This is less of a pean to technology than, say, Little Brother (and I’m pleased to have finished this just in time for Homeland, the sequel to that, to be released), as its more about civil rights, but there is some of Doctorow’s signature technical fetishism as well, which I always enjoy. Few people write about technologies potential to do cool stuff as well or with such passion as Doctorow, and its why I always come back to his work.
On that note, I would be remiss to remind people that Cory makes his works available free to download under a creative commons license, so go and read it, as well as all his other works here, and then take advantage of the network he’s setup, to buy a copy for a library, or school or so forth that has asked for one – this is a great idea that more eBook pundits should consider!
I will add ‘For The Win’ to my to-read list, as I’d been holding off reading another YA, and am not wildly interested in MMORPG’s, both of which this features, even though it also features the economics of the same and China, both of which I *am* interested in..