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Little Brother
Cory Doctorow
Section 1 (10-89)

Summary:
This book begins with the very technologically apt Marcus Yallow. He goes to Caesar Chavez High School in San Francisco, California. Marcus has always been a troublemaker. He is trying to get out of school. Darryl and Marcus begin their escape from their over-secure school. First, they must bypass the Gait detectors. This is an easy fix for the intelligent Marcus. He simply places rocks in his shoes to alter how he walks. He is now invisible to the vision of these detectors. After making their escape from school, Darryl and Marcus make their way to the park, the decided meeting place of the Harajuku team. Once the team has been assembled, they start to decipher the clues. They realize that they must make their way across town to find the clue, specifically a wi-fi signal. When they finally make it to the clue, chaos ensues. A great explosion occurs. There is madness everywhere. What kind of person would commit this act of terrorism? This was the question on everyone’s mind. As the team tried to gain entrance to the underground shelter, they were abducted by a group of people trying to get down to the bottom of this attack.
These Domestic Security Agents had taken all the belonging of the children. They were trying to gain access to their information to find out if this attack was them. They thought Marcus had committed this crime! At first Marcus was reluctant to answering their questions. He did not want to giv up his privacy in the blink of an eye. But the punishment for not complying got worse and worse. They were treated like they had been kidnapped. This stress grew on Marcus and his friends. Soon he found himself giving in. This section is ended in cliff-hanger fashion when the Agents decide to release Marcus…or will they?

Reaction:
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this section of this book. I could relate very well to the beginning of the book when Marcus must sit through another boring lecture in Social Studies class. Marcus is just a regular kid. I can relate to “w1n5ton” as a “gamer tag” because I too play online games, like Marcus did. I was very intrigued by the game that Marcus and his team took place in. I would have loved to learn more about this game. And finally, I was outraged when the Domestic Agents treated Marcus like dirt. I tried to imagine what I would do in a situation like that. I could not see myself lasting as long as Marcus had. This thoroughly annoyed me. Overall, in this section, I found myself glued to the book. I could not put it down. I strongly agreed with some of Marcus’ decisions, and disagreed with others, but I was able to relate to every minute of it.




Research:
*Your rights when you get detained

*LARPing
*Terrorist attacks
*Domestic Security
*Harajuku Fun Madness

Little Brother
Cory Doctorow
Section 2 (89-184)


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Summary:
In the second quarter of the book, Marcus has just returned from the jail that he was sentenced to in the first quarter. When Marcus returns home, he meets up with his friends, Van and Jolu, however, Darryl is missing. He convinces his friends to not tell their parents what happened to them in order to execute their revenge stealthily. Meanwhile in the city, all forms of security have been increased. There are new types of security in place. When Marcus returns home, he finds that his laptop has been bugged. People are watching him. Marcus, one night, decides to fight back. Since the tap was limiting his surfing of the internet, Marcus decided to create a fool-proof browser. He did this by having all the files encrypted and having the wifi jump from pc to pc all around the world. He had become famous for this. But that was only the start of his rebellion. Towards the end of this section, Marcus begins to offset the normality in everyday traffic, causing scanners and police to go berserk. Marcus had nearly shut down the city by himself.
Reaction:
My reaction to this section was disgust with the way leaders of government had chosen to deal with the problems. The book cites several times the origin of “terrorist”, and it is exactly right. If we change everything we do in reaction to terrorists, they have won. They have enstilled terror in us all.external image cryptography.jpg
Research Points:
*“BART” Systems in California
*False positive equations
*Python and other programming languages
*“Pigspleen”/Internet Service Providers
*cryptography

Little Brother
Cory Doctorow
Section 3 (184-281)

Summary:
Marcus decided he would try to jam all the security systems that were set up in San Fransisco. He started doing this by making Uphrid jammers. These worked for a while and made all the police confused. How these worked was that they would take the information off the "fast passes" that the people held and then when they hit another person, they would implant the information on them. Once the police found out someone was trying to mess with the security of San Fransisco, they assumed it was another terrorist attack. They heightened security and hired more police officers. Marcus sent out a warning on XNET to beware of increased security, and the police. Also, Marcus organized a party on the beach to make sure he can trust all the people on XNET. At the party, he met Ange, and Marcus and Ange became boyfriend and girlfriend. Marcus held a confrence with reporters so that they would know what the XNET was about, however they took everything he said and made him look like a terrorist. This made him angry because the police started watching the XNET. Finally, when the people started to arrest people that use the XNET, Marcus was forced to limit the use of XNET.

Reaction:
When reading this section, I was frusterated, happy, disturbed, and even saddened. This section triggered many emotions. I was infuriated by the lack of privacy that everyone dealt with. I was happy when Marcus' dad got pulled over, and was forced to change his opinion about the security. I was disturbed when Marcus was followed by the DHS agents, and finally, I was saddened when Marcus shut down the XNET. Much happened in this section that drew me into the story even deeper.

Research:
*Xboxexternal image XBox360controller.jpg
*Internet
*Communication
*Hacking
*Uphrid Jammer
Little Brother
Cory Doctorow
Section 4 (281-end)

Summary:
In the fourth section, Marcus meets some very important people that aid him in the completion of his adventure. First, Marcus meets Zeb. He was an escaped prisoner from the DHS internment camp. He sends Marcus a message over the XNET. When Marcus gets the message, he is compelled even more to push through to the finish. The message told Marcus that Darryl was still alive! Marcus was grateful. Next, Marcus meets a girl over XNET. Her name is Masha and she worked with the DHS. She had realized how horrible the work was and how it was invading people’s privacy, so she decided to go against the DHS and help Marcus. Marcus needs to run away or the DHS will get him. Masha helps him flee the city, but Marcus gets captured anyway. While he was detained, Marcus was water boarded and threatened so that he would confess. Just as this happened, the police broke in and arrested the DHS officers. Marcus finally got his revenge on them. Marcus meets up with Darryl and everything is back to normal… except that they just saved their city from the real terrorists, the DHS.

Reaction:
My reaction to the final section of this book was that it was slightly predictable. I had wished that the book would have been better represented through its ending by having the end wrap everything up. It ended abruptly and predictably. However, the rest of the book was great. I enjoyed the thrill of every twist and turn in the plot and found the relevance of the book especially true in today’s world.

Research:
*Water Boarding
*Child Abduction
*San Francisco Police Department
*Computer Hacking
*“Big Brother”

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