This is the follow up to Little Brother, which I read last year, but didn’t mention on the blog. In short, it is a science-fiction novel set in the near future which deals with the way in which governments and big corporations are able to use the internet to keep tracks on what we are doing.
If what you are looking for is a novel with a good strong plot in which to lose yourself on the beach or on a long journey, I can’t recommend this one. The plot isn’t bad, but it’s not amazing. However, that isn’t really the point of this novel. The plot is a vehicle to explain issues about cyber-security and our lack of privacy online. If you want a primer on these subjects, but don’t like the idea of reading lots of technical articles – this would be a great place to start. If you don’t like reading technical details, you probably shouldn’t bother reading this.
All of Cory Doctrow’s books, including this one, can be downloaded free of charge in ereader fromat from his website. If you are looking for a few novels, I’d suggest Pirate Cinema, Little Brother and For the Win as all being worth a read (as long as you like computers and science-fiction).