The ultimate tale of teen rebellion - one seventeen-year-old against the surveillance state. Big Brother is watching you. Who's watching back? Marcus 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 ...
The ultimate tale of teen rebellion - one seventeen-year-old against the surveillance state. Big Brother is watching you. Who's watching back? Marcus 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 no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.
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Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you! That's the lesson in this modern David & Goliath novel where David is a technologically savvy teenager and Goliath is the U.S Department of Homeland Security. In a scenario all too plausible, Doctorow shows what might happen if the DHS were to take their reaction to a terrorist attack a little (or maybe a lot) too far. Who would stand up to the government forces taking over people's lives and identities? It's a wild ride as you follow Marcus and his fellow gamers in a real-life battle for freedom. Very timely and a real page-turner.
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