Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Book Review: "Homeland" by Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow is an amazing writer. With every book and every article, he is able to take complex and sensitive topics like cryptography, government misdeeds, survellience, and freedom, and distill the topic into something that's both entertaining and easy to understand. 

When I first read that Doctorow was writing a sequel "Little Brother", the book that introduced me to his work and made me a fan, I was estatic. While this particular strain of books are marketed as 'young adult', I found my stick-it-to-the-man older self sitting on the edge of my seat from the first page on. Needless to say, with such a high bar set, I purchased a copy of "Homeland" the day it came out.

Even though I'm a fan of Doctorow, I didn't really expect "Homeland" to be as good as "Little Brother" had been. Authors tend to fizz out when writing sequels and I'd feared that Doctorow would do the same. Boy, was I wrong!

"Homeland" picks up only a few short years after the Bay Area Bridge is bombed. Marcus Yallow and his friends have been tortured by Homeland Security and the City of San Francisco has decended into a police state. Thankfully, Marcus and Ange are getting away from it for a while by going to Burning Man.

This book packs all the punch that its predecessor, if not more. You'll find yourself gripped by the story that could have been taken right out of a New York Times headline, and you'll get angry at the injustices perpetrated against innocent people; real injustices and abuses that could very well be done against us.

Overall, I give "Homeland" five out of five stars. It's creative, fun, hard hitting, and everything I love in a book. If you're a fan of dystopian fiction, cyber thrillers, or Cory Doctorow, you owe it to yourself to buy this book (which you can do by clicking this link right here).

A definite must read.

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