Little Brother [1] is a novel by Cory Doctorow , published by Tor Books . It was released on April 29, 2008. [2] The novel is about four teenagers in San Francisco who, in the aftermath of a terrorist attack on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and BART system, defend Themselves Against the Department of Homeland Security ‘S attacks on the Bill of Rights . The novel is available for free on the author’s website under a Creative Commons license ( CC BY-NC-SA ), keeping it available and remixableto all.

The book debuted at No. 9 on the New York Times Best seller list , children’s chapter book section, in May 2008. [4] As of July 2, it had spent a total of six weeks on the list, rising to the No. 8 spot. [5] Little Brother won the 2009 White Pine Award , [6] the 2009 Prometheus Award . [7] and the 2009 John W. Campbell Memorial Award . It was also a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Novel . [8] Little Brother received the Sunburst Award in the young adult category. [9]

The New York Times says, ” ‘Little Brother’ is not shy about its intent to disseminate subversive ideas to a young audience.” The novel comes with two afterword essays by cryptographer and computer security specialist Bruce Schneier , and hacker Andrew “bunnie” Huang , and: has a bibliography of techno-countercultural writings, from Jack Kerouac ‘s “On the Road” to Schneier’s “Applied Cryptography” . [10]


  • Marcus Yallow – Main protagonist, a 17-year-old high school student who enjoys understanding technology and building his own custom devices. He is the leader of his foursome of friends.
  • Darryl Glover – Marcus’ Marcus’ Marcus’ Marcus and Marcus are the second best man in the world. He has had a crush on Van for years.
Marcus on limited edition cover
  • Vanessa Pak (Van) – 17-year-old North Korean girl who attends a nearby all-girls Catholic school , she is the “ideas” person of the group. She has had a thing for Marcus for a long time, but does not admit it until the end of the book. Her parents managed to escape from North Korea.
  • Jose Luis Torrez (Jolu) – A brilliant high school student at a nearby Catholic school, he is the technical member of the group. Even though everyone in the group is technically competent, he is the most technology-oriented, doing his own programming, and working for a local ISP . He is somewhat vain and seems to work at being cool.
  • Drew Yallow – Marcus’ father who has a stormy relationship with Marcus through most of the book. He was so scared by the thought of Marcus having died during the bombing, because Marcus was missing for three days. This leads to many arguments with Marcus.
  • Lillian Yallow – Marcus’ mother, British expatriate, who helps newly immigrated Britons integrate into American life. She and Marcus have a strong bond and seem to think alike. Marcus’ fights with his father.
  • Charles Walker – A Marcus and Darryl, Marcus. He is a bully, a brown noser and a snitch. He and Marcus have a long-standing feud and detest each other.
  • Carrie Johnstone (Severe Haircut Lady) – Hand antagonist and in charge of the DHS that is monitoring San Francisco . She is a cold sadistic woman who suffers from the abuse of her power. She is also based on Theresa May according to the author.
  • Angela Carvelli (Angel) – She is waiting for the same high school as Van develops into Marcus’ love interest, when she first meets him at a party. She is an active member of the Xnet and is very strong-willed, independent, and sexual. She’s known to use pepper spray as a condiment.
  • Ms. Galvez – A social studies teacher at Cesar Chavez High School, she is a teacher and an independent thinker. Marcus respects at his school. Marcus and Marcus help her with contacting her brother, who’s an overseas soldier, via internet. [3]
  • Barbara Stratford – Investigative reporter for the Bay Guardian , who helps Marcus exposes what the DHS has been doing.
  • Masha – A DHS operative who attempts to help Marcus escape the city. Marcus meets her at the beginning of the novel when she threatens to expose him for skipping school while ARGing. He also meets up with Masha in the midst of their escape, he finds a photo of his friend Darryl and his position on running away is changed. So he escapes from Masha after her beating and smashing her fingers in a truck.
  • Zeb – A form detainee of DHS’s “Gitmo-by-the-Bay”, he manages to escape and attempts to disappear after contacting Marcus about Darryl and the current status of the prison.


Marcus Yallow is a 17-year-old hacker / techno whiz from San Francisco . One day at his high school named after Cesar Chavez, Marcus is accused of hacking into the school by Frederick Benson. Marcus and Benson are not the only ones who have been banned. Marcus is the first to write a short story.

Later that day, Marcus and his best friend Darryl escape school to play a massive mixed reality game that partially involves a scavenger hunt around town. Vanessa and Jolu. While searching for a game, a series of explosions go off in the city. This set of sirens and alarms which sends everybody running for the shelters. The group initially tries to go to the shelter but then they decide to leave. While leaving, Darryl is stabbed in the crowd. They finally escape the crowd and flag down Darryl’s medical needs immediate medical attention. Three men get out of the vehicle and put each other in the vehicle.

Marcus and his friends arrive at an unknown location and are in a trailer where they are separated and are amongst many other people. They find out that they are being held by the Department of Homeland Security(DHS) to be interrogated for suspicion of being connected to the terrorist attack. After Marcus, Jolu, and Vanessa are finally released. Darryl’s whereabouts are unknown. The DHS tells Marcus that they will be monitoring his actions and moves because he is still a suspect. Marcus is “infuriated at how his civil rights [are] ignored.” [11]

Marcus revolts by setting up technological attacks on the DHS in order “to [thwart] further efforts to restrict personal liberty”. [12] Marcus also sets up a network of teenage members using a game console so they can communicate freely while fighting “the surveillance state.” [13] The Department of Homeland Security.

When a former prisoner was arrested, he was arrested and sentenced to six years’ imprisonment. The DHS takes Marcus into custody again. During a waterboarding interrogation, highway patrol troopers raid the DHS agents. Darryl is subsequently freed and Marcus returns to his life the way he was before the terrorist attacks.

Major themes

Little brother has major themes that, according to some, are too serious for a young adult novel. In an interview, the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy asked Doctor about his “potentially heavy themes, including paranoia, loyalty, sex, torture, [and] fear” [14] and when his editing staff were asked to censor the themes , “Oh, no.”

The Hollywood Reporter remarked, “The book tackles many themes, including civil liberties and social activism.” [15]

According to Journalist April Spisak’s article on “What Makes a Good Young Adult Dystopian Novel?” Spisak claims, “Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother,” which is the author of the book ” The personality of the protagonist and his friends are present, but the power of Big Brother is hardly tempered by their work, and the folks who are tangled with the government are all permanently scarred by the encounter. ” [16]

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Little Brother takes place in the “near future rather than decades or centuries away.” [19] Little Brother also makes use of “obvious parallels to Orwellian warnings and post 9/11 policies.” [20]



Cindy Dobrez in her review for Booklist Said That “Doctorow’s novel blurs the lines entre current and potential technologies, and readers will delight in the details of how Marcus Attempts to stage a techno-revolution. Obvious parallels to Orwellian warnings and post 9/11 Policies, such as the Patriot Act , will provide opportunities for classroom discussion and raise questions about our enthusiasm for technology, which monitors our school collections, and how we contribute to our own lack of privacy. ” [20] Kirkus Reviews described as “unapologetically didactic tribute to 1984 “, and called it a “Terrifying glimpse of the future-or the present.” [21]Publishers Weekly said that it was “filled with sharp dialogue and detailed descriptions of how to counteract gade -recognition cameras , radio frequency ID tags, wireless internet tracers and other monitoring devices, A tautly crafted fictional framework. ” [22] Institute of Public Affairs says “Doctorow, like many freedom-fighting writers before him likes his women smart and strong. [23] filled with sharp dialogue and detailed descriptions of how to COUNTERACT gait-recognition cameras , RFID’s ( frequency Radio ID tags), Wireless Internet tracers and other monitoring devices, this work Makes icts admittedly didactic points Within a tautly crafted fictional framework. ” [22] Institute of Public Affairs says “Doctorow, like many freedom-fighting writers before him likes his women smart and strong. Male or female, freedom-loving writers tend to have strong female characters, often protagonists. ” [23] filled with sharp dialogue and detailed descriptions of how to COUNTERACT gait-recognition cameras , RFID’s ( frequency Radio ID tags), Wireless Internet tracers and other monitoring devices, this work Makes icts admittedly didactic points Within a tautly crafted fictional framework. ” [22] Institute of Public Affairs says “Doctorow, like many freedom-fighting writers before him likes his women smart and strong. Male or female, freedom-loving writers tend to have strong female characters, often protagonists. ” [23] [22] Institute of Public Affairs says that “Doctorow, like many freedom-fighting writers before him likes his women’s smart and strong. Male or female, freedom-loving writers tend to have strong female characters, often protagonists. ” [23] [22] Institute of Public Affairs says that “Doctorow, like many freedom-fighting writers before him likes his women’s smart and strong. Male or female, freedom-loving writers tend to have strong female characters, often protagonists. ” [23]

Attempted censorship

In 2014, a High School Principal in Pensacola, Florida , Michael Roberts, pulled Little Brother from his school’s summer reading list because the book is “about questioning authority” and portrays questioning authority as a positive thing. Roberts also described Cory Doctorow, a Canadian author living in England, as “an outsider to the George W. Bush administration.” [24]

In response, Doctorow had his publisher send a free copy of the book directly to every 9th and 10th grade student at the school. [25]



In Little Brother, Josh Costello’s Little Brother . The play was augmented with animated video projections, an original score by Chris Houston and original choreography by Daunielle Rasmussen.

Marin Independent said that Little Brother is “required watching!” [26]

Charlie Jane Anders of io9 Praised the Little Brother play: “I was lucky enough to catch a preview performance of the Custom Made Theater Co.’s new internship adaptation of Cory Doctorow’s award-winning novel Little Brother the other day-and It was a The marvelous, unconventional, and unconventional version of Josh Costello’s work is the first of its kind, Not overstated, performance. ” [27]

According to TheaterStorm , “Costello has wisely tightened”, “Costello”, “Costello”, ” “This is the best kind of political theater.” Thought provoking, suspenseful, emotionally real, uncomfortably close to the hard truth. ” [28]


The novel has also been the subject of a possible movie. The production company AngryFilms has optioned Little Brother “with the love of translating it to the big screen.” [29]

In September 2015, Doctorow announced on his blog that Little Brother had been optioned by Paramount with Don Murphy as the producer .: [30] )


Each chapter of the e-book edition of Little Brother is dedicated to a different bookstore: Bakka-Phoenix (in Toronto sci-fi / fantasy bookstore Where Doctorow used to be employed), , Borderlands Books , Barnes & Noble , Secret Headquarters , Powell’s City of Books , Books of Wonder , Borders , Compass Books / Books Inc. , Anderson’s Bookshops , the university bookstore at the University of Washington , Forbidden Planet , Books-A-Million ,Mysterious Galaxy , Chapters / Indigo Books , Booksmith , Waterstone’s , Sophia Books , MIT Press Bookshop, The Tattered Cover , Pages Books , and Hudson Booksellers .


In reference to Little Brother , Cory Doctorow has stated that “the enemy is obscurity, not piracy.” His book Little Brother is available for a variety of formats. [31] [32]


On June 20, 2012, Doctorow posted the cover art of the sequel to Little Brother , titled Homeland and had a manuscript was turned into Tor Books. [33] An excerpt was posted on the publisher’s website on July 19, 2012, featuring the opening part of the story taking place at the Burning Man festival. [34] Homeland was released, in hardback, on February 5, 2013.


  1. Jump up^ Doctorow, Cory. Little Brother. New York: Tor Teen, 2008
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  3. ^ Jump up to:b Doctorow, Cory. “Little Brother> Download Free” . Retrieved 2008-08-11 .
  4. Jump up^ Children’s Books – New York Times, May 5, 2008.
  5. Jump up^ Children’s Books – New York Times, July 6, 2008.
  6. Jump up^ “White Pine Award list of winners” . Archived from the original on 2011-09-30 . Retrieved 2009-07-08 .
  7. Jump up^ “Prometheus Award Press Releases” . Retrieved 2009-07-08 .
  8. Jump up^ “AnticipationSF Hugo Finalist list” . Retrieved 2009-07-08 .
  9. Jump up^ “Awards and Announcements” . Resource Links . Retrieved 16 May 2013 .
  10. Jump up^ Grossman, Austin (September 14, 2008). “Nerd Activists” . The New York Times .
  11. Jump up^ Palmer, Jean. “Doctorow, Cory, Little Brother . ” Kliatt . Retrieved 16 May 2013 .
  12. Jump up^ Hunt, Jonathan (July-August 2008). “Cory Doctorow: Little Brother” . The Horn Book Magazine . 4. 84 : 441 . Retrieved 16 May 2013 .
  13. Jump up^ “Doctorow, Cory: LITTLE BROTHER” . Kirkus Reviews . 1 April 2008 . Retrieved 16 May 2013 .
  14. Jump up^ Bernick, Bernick, Steele, Philip, Galen, Rhonda (February 2010). “Little Brother (Book Review)” . Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy . Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. 53 (5): 433. Retrieved 9 March 2011 .
  15. Jump up^ Kit, Borys (23 March 2010). “Making George Orwell proud: Angryfilms options Doctorow’s tale of social activism ‘Little Brother’ ” . Hollywood Reporter . Student Edition. pp. 5-6 . Retrieved 9 March 2011 .
  16. Jump up^ What Makes a Good YA Dystopian Novel? – The Horn Book
  17. Jump up^ Chang, Edie (15 February 2009). “Little Brother” . Booklist . 12. 105 : 100 . Retrieved 16 May 2013 .
  18. Jump up^ Degen, John (September-October 2008). “Little lessons: Cory Doctorow’s 1984 homage is too cool for school” . This Magazine . 2. 42 : 43 . Retrieved 5 May 2013 .
  19. Jump up^ Chipman, Ian (15 May 2009). “Core Collection: dystopian fiction for youth” . Booklist . 18. 105 : 50 . Retrieved 16 May 2013 .
  20. ^ Jump up to:b Dobrez, Cindy (1 April 2008). “Little Brother” . Booklist . 15. 104 : 48 . Retrieved 16 May 2013 .
  21. Jump up^ “Little Brother” . Kirkus Reviews . 76 (7): 355. April 1, 2008.ISSN  0042-6598 .
  22. Jump up^ “Little Brother”. Publishers Weekly . 255 (15): 55. April 14, 2008. ISSN  0000-0019 .
  23. Jump up^ Space ships and sound money | Institute of Public Affairs Australia
  24. Jump up^ Secola, Jamie. “Main: ‘Little Brother’ issues authority” . The Pensacola News Journal . Pensacola News Journal . Retrieved 9 June 2016 .
  25. Jump up^ Doctorow, Cory. “Why I’m Sending 200 Copies of Little Brother to a High School in Pensacola, FL” . Boingboing / Cory Doctorow . Boingboing . Retrieved 9 June 2016 .
  26. Jump up^ Marin Independent says Little Brother is “required watching!”, The Custom Made Theater Co.
  27. Jump up^ Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother becomes a must-see stage play
  28. Jump up^ Custommade first exciting political drama, ‘Little Brother’ |TheatreStorm
  29. Jump up^ Kit, Borys. “Angryfilms options ‘Little Brother’ novel” . Hollywood Reporter . Retrieved 27 June 2015 .
  30. Jump up^ “Little Brother optioned by Paramount” . Cory Doctorow’s . Retrieved 2016-03-21 .
  31. Jump up^ Bethune, Brian (May 5, 2008). “Scourge of the corporate pirates: the artist’s enemy is obscurity, not piracy, says novelist and Web activist Cory Doctorow” . Maclean’s . 17, 121 : 57 . Retrieved 16 May 2013 .
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  33. Jump up^ Little Brother >> Blog Archive »Cover for Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother
  34. Jump up^ Homeland (Excerpt) by Cory Doctorow |

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