Hugo Award nominee 2009.
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.
Cory Doctorow (born 1971) is a Canadian author.
Cory Doctorow is a coeditor of Boing Boing and the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He writes columns for Make, Information Week, the Guardian online, and Locus. He has won the Locus Award three times, been nominated for the Hugo and the Nebula, won the Campbell Award, and was named one of the Web's twenty-five influencers by Forbes magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He hopes you'll use technology to change the world.
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Written by Bluejay (2009-01-10)
Every once in a while you read a book you want to recommend to all of your friends. This one was one of them for me. I have two words for you. Read it. You can get it for free (and legally) online just by Googling it. I did just so, but now after finishing it I'm going to go to a book store and buy a copy of it to keep in my shelf. It is a young adult novel but offers some serious food for thought for older audience too. It's placed in a a present/near future environment but the theme is timeless.