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Marcus, a.k.a "w1n5t0n," is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works–and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school's intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.

But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison where they're mercilessly interrogated for days.

When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.


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    Best in a long time

    I like Cory Doctorow, but this book is far better than anything I have read by him.

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    ...and his "Big Brother"

    This was a phenomenal book. It really puts into perspective the concepts of security, safety, privacy, and freedom. This book is an easy way to understand some of the many problems we face in the world today from surveillance to net neutrality. It is not the larger than life heroes who will bring forth these changes but the little guy or girl who finally says, "that's enough." Glad I saw this book. Well worth the read.

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