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Harper Collins 2008.
Science Fiction: cyberpunk.
This book was recommended by one of my students. On reading it I thought it was a book for someone older than a 13 year old. However I think said student would have followed it, understood it, at least as well as myself!
I checked it out from our local library. I noticed on the inside cover that it had been presented to the library by Amnesty International NZ in 2008.
This is the story of Marcus who finds he is caught up in a terrorist attack, in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is taken prisoner and subjected to torture. When he is finally released he finds the USA is paranoid and the Homeland Security have taken over. It's a police state and every movement is monitored. He has been told to never tell anyone about how he was treated while imprisoned or he will be dealt with.
Marcus is one of those small people who stand up and do something. He is cyber literate, and is able to organise a fight back. As a character I loved him.
I didn't understand all the cyber stuff, but just enough to be able to follow the story. It was a gripping story, one I had to read slowly to follow, but well worth it. A book to make one think.
I am probably the only one that hadn't read this! However last year I bought the most recent one for the class, I thought it might hook in some reluctant readers.
I was surprised when some of my top readers fell on it with glee. They had read all the previous ones. They assured me a reader should start at the beginning, so I went back and bought the first four. I'm hoping they will be book bait!
This was a quick and fun read, I can see why they are appealing and I chuckled my way through it.
This coming week I am reading The 10 pm Question by Kate de Goldi, a New Zealand author. It's been out awhile but I read about it somewhere and as I have sampled her writing with some other book I don't even remember, apart from the fact I liked it, I bought this book with some Christmas gift vouchers from a student.