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Trent McCauley is sixteen, brilliant, and obsessed with one thing: making movies on his computer by reassembling footage from popular films he downloads from the net. In the dystopian near-future Britain where Trent is growing up, this is more illegal than ever; the punishment for being caught three times is that your entire household’s access to the Internet is cut off for a year, with no appeal.

Trent’s too clever for that too happen—except it does, and it nearly destroys his family. Shamed and shattered, Trent runs away to London, where he slowly he learns the ways of staying alive on the streets. This brings him in touch with a demimonde of artists and activists who are trying to fight a new bill that will criminalize even more harmless Internet creativity, making felons of millions of British citizens at a stroke. Things look bad. Parliament is in power of a few wealthy media conglomerates. But the powers that be haven’t entirely reckoned with the power of a gripping movie to change people’s minds.

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  • “This amazing book combines young love, terrific humor, great British slang“This amazing book combines young love, terrific humor, great British slang, and crazy parties with astute commentary on intellectual property and emerging modes of creativity. Doctorow’s characters are well-defined individuals, all with some facet, quirk, or activity to give them color. Language arts and civics teachers could coteach the heck out of this novel, and debaters will find a gold mine of monologues. It’s funny, thought-provoking, and glorious.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Doctorow returns with another down-and-dirty tale of technological guerrilla warfare…Doctorow, a noted free Internet advocate, handles his topic with great passion, creating engaging and believably geeky characters who share his fervor for both the Web and the new forms of art and communication it has made possible. Though the story can be talky and didactic, fans of the author’s earlier work will find it a winner.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Can a kid from the wrong side of town fight the British government? Bruce Mann performs in the voice of a young man on the verge of adulthood. The Brit slang sounds natural and exotic at the same time. Mann’s sometimes breathy delivery ratchets up the suspense, and his careful use of accents gives even more personality to the likable characters.”


  • Winner of the 2013 Prometheus Award
  • A 2013 Locus Award Finalist
  • A 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Science fiction & Fantasy
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