Some brothers are more equal than others

Little Brother cover XFor the tenth and final week of my online class, Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World, the reading assignment was Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother.

It was the only book in this class which had officially been published in the category “Young Adults”, or YA (like The Hunger Games or Harry Potter, if you are not familiar with the label.)  However, most of the SF/F mega-genre has at time considered to be merely for youthful and immature readers…

Little Brother reads as if Alan Moore had written a sequel to Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series for the universe of V for Vendetta, and published it in Linux Magazine.  It makes a lot of references, both open and oblique, to George Orwell’s 1984; the defence against Big Brother, it suggests, is a lot of Little Brothers and Sisters.

Anyhow, here is the last of my 300-word essays for this class.  Continue reading “Some brothers are more equal than others”