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Little Brother – Cory Doctorow

Posted by Laura on March 17, 2009

Little Brother is a novel set in the scary near future where the Department of Homeland Security gets free reign in San Francisco after a terrorist attack.

Seventeen-year-old Marcus was just playing a game with his friends (okay,  so they all escaped school to play the game) when they were picked up in a sweep immediately after the attack.  Marcus was interrogated for days about his “involvement.”  (And when I say interrogated, I don’t mean just asked repeatedly.  I mean bound-up, not-fed, not-given-a-chance-to-use-the-bathroom, and all-around-humiliated interrogated.)  When he was released he was told he could tell no one about what happened to him.  Ever.

It was a pretty horrid attack, but living in the city afterwords is no picnic either.  Schools already had security cameras in the halls that tracked people by their gaits, just imagine what they did afterwords.  Do you think you can have a good discussion in Social Studies about the Bill of Rights? Well, you had better be careful of what you say when classrooms have cameras recording everything.

Imagine it:   you can’t get around the city without having every movement recorded,  you are repeatedly stopped and questioned, the Internet is being surveilled and the media is getting all the stories wrong.  Eventually the hackers will figure out a way to communicate.  This is that story.


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I’d tell you I love you, but then I’d have to kill you – Ally Carter

Posted by Laura on February 25, 2008

Here is another spy novel: I’d tell you I love you, but then I’d have to kill you. The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a snooty school for rich girls. Or, at least, that is what it looks like for the people who live in Roseville, Virginia, where the Academy is located. Inside the walls, geniuses are taught advanced encryption, fourteen languages, and covert operations.

Cammie is a pavement artist. You would never know she is there. But on her first covert operations she was spotted and approached by a boy. Is he a spy sent to infiltrate the academy through her? There is only one way to find out…

Cross my heart and hope to spy is the second book in the series.

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