Attack Surface

Tor. Oct. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9781250757531. $26.99. SF
Following the best sellers Little Brother and Homeland, Doctorow introduces a new cast of characters in the same world who contend with the ethics of technology and surveillance. Masha Maximow recognized her special skills early, hacking her way into high-paying jobs with black ops firms while still in her teens. She tries to balance her work for these nefarious companies by helping her friends and their causes disrupt the very same systems. First overseas and then in her home town of San Francisco, her bosses go too far when they aim autonomous vehicles at protesters. Can Masha continue to compartmentalize what she does and who she works for or will she fully embrace trying to bend the arc of history toward justice?
VERDICT Thriller readers of all ages will enjoy the cool tech (sunglasses that fool facial recognition software and blurry texts that evade screen shots), Masha’s international exploits, and the impassioned arguments for privacy, transparency, and justice. [See Prepub Alert, 4/1/20]
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