I recently discovered an author named Cory Doctorow hes a canadian living in the uk
i read several of his works, (not in the right order) but i wanted to share with you 2 youth centric books
Little Brother http://craphound.com/littlebrother/
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.
you can get this book here http://amzn.to/1rivylg on amazon or from the site above
Marcus Yallow is no longer a student. California's economy has collapsed, taking his parents jobs and his university tuition with it. Thanks to his activist past, Marcus lands a job as webmaster for a muckraking politician who promises reform. Things are never simple, though: soon Marcus finds himself embroiled in lethal political intrigue and the sharp end of class
you can get this book here http://amzn.to/1pW80i7 on amazon or from the site above
i lifted the blurb from the author as he does a far better job of explaining the books than i ever could.they are hard hitting and thought provoking and some of you may find them hard work, but do not let your own right wing authoritarian views get in the way of letting young people read and enjoy the books. (yes i'm aware i said you were right wing…some of you are. most of you thankfully are well rounded individuals)
the books took me on a journey i had been on before and reminded me for the need to keep the state at bay and the right of privacy.
“the people should not be afraid of the government, the government should be afraid of the people.” V
Cory has written a bunch of other books and my next recommendation for anyone is his non teen focused book; Makers. its a great story of making and hacking objects.
let me know if you and your young people enjoyed (or not) the books, and tell me what you're reading that inspires you?