Trent McCauley is sixteen, brilliant, and obsessed with one thing: making movies on his computer by sampling and reassembling footage he downloads from the net. In the near-future Britain where Trent is growing up, this is more illegal than ever; if you're caught three times, your entire household is cut off from the Internet for a year, with no appeal. Trent is sure this won't happen to him; he's too clever. Except it does, and it nearly destroys his family-his father's living, his mother's health, and his kid sister's studies all depend on Internet access. Shamed and shattered, Trent runs away to London where he learns how to stay alive on the streets. This drops him straight into the city's always-rambunctious street scene, a demimonde of artists and activists who are fighting a new bill that will criminalize digital copying even more harmless than Trent's, making millions of people felons at a stroke. The government is in the grip of a few wealthy media conglomerates. But the powers that be haven't entirely reckoned with the power of a movie to change people's minds...?
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by Cory Doctorow
by Sarah Naughton
by V.R. Cardoso
by Rhena Branch, Rob Willson
by Eric Lee
by Alan Dean Foster
by Artyom Dereschuk
by Colin Stuart
"Doctorow's story is set in the near future in a world in which entertainment companies have forced governments to enact laws that jail people for the slightest copyright violation. That makes life hard for 16-year-old movie buff Trent McCauley, who enjoys taking scenes from old movies and mixing them together into mini-movies he shares on the Internet. 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. M.S. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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