If you've ever followed Canada Reads, don't miss your chance to get in on the action with your vote on the best book! The shortlist of 10 for next March's even has just been posted, and there are some fantastic titles on the list!
I've read five of the ten, so now I have my work cut out: five more to read before March...
It may be unfair to offer a "preliminary" opinion based on the five I've already read, but here are a couple of thoughts in any case:
If you only ever read one young adult novel, make it Cory Doctorow's Little Brother. This novels follows the story of a group of teens in a version of modern-day San Francisco reeling from a terrorist attack. Scooped up and illegally held as suspects by an overzealous government agency, Marcus and his friends must decide how to deal with their situation.
This is a fast-paced and fascinating look at computer hacking, surveillance and civil liberties, with a believable plot that makes you look at the world around us from a new perspective. It could happen. And if it did, what would you do?
More from our catalogue summary:
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 that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.
San Francisco Public Library chose this title for their "One City, One Book" program this year, and the sequel to this novel, Homeland, just came out.
The other four titles that I've read from the list, all of which I would recommend, are:
If you're just interested in what people are recommending and looking for your next book to read, don't miss the top 40 list. Also lots of great Christmas shopping ideas here!