Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
This is truly one of the best books I’ve read this year! It’s set in the near future when some terrorist group (no one knows which one) has bombed the Bay Bridge between Oakland and San Francisco. The Department of Homeland Security has gone completely nuts, and Marcus and his three best friends are thrown into prison on Treasure Island and interrogated for four days, until three of them are released. What they discover is that San Francisco has turned into a police state, with ordinary people treated like potential terrorists in a ” guilty until proven innocent” mentality.
But Marcus is no ordinary seventeen year old; he is a total computer geek, and decides to fight back, at first just to rescue is best friend Darryl form the prison the others were released from. He fights for personal liberty and freedom, but the fast-pace of the story’s action doesn’t allow the author to get all preachy on you, even though these are some pretty serious issues. For fans of books like The Giver, The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984 and Brave New World, this book is a must read.