This novel is a rallying cry for the internet generation. If the government is more frightening than the terrorists they battle will you stand up and fight? When Marcus and his friends are thrown into Gitmo-by-the-Bay without any respect for their rights, they decide to reveal the police as the fascists they have become. An eye-opening and all too believable book. Big Brother has no chance against your little brother and his Xbox.— Justin, Atlanta
Marcus, aka “w1n5t0n,” 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 that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.
Can one teenage hacker ﬁght back against a government out of control? Maybe, but only if he’s really careful . . . and very, very smart.