Okay so first of all, I read this book for free, thanks to Cory Doctorow's policy of posting all of his books free online. I decided that I'm going to buy a copy, and since I've already read it and can get the text online whenever I want, I'm going to take Doctorow's suggestion on his website and buy a copy for a school. Y'know, when I have money. It's on the list. Pirate Cinema is a fantastic novel. It's about a teenager in England who gets his family kicked off the internet for making fan videos about his favorite actor. In order to spare his family the shame and risk of a pirate son, he runs off to London to live on the streets -- where everything goes pretty well.
I mean, he's homeless, and he suffers some serious consequences for that fact. But this novel is just a little bit optimistic, and a lot aspirational -- this is a book about teenagers doing amazing things. I love books about teenagers who do amazing things.
It gets a little preachy at times, which is fine with me because I like preachy and I agree with the message -- it's definitely a political novel. But it's the best kind of political writing -- the kind that makes clear the fact that the small-seeming decisions made by big governments pretty much always mean life or death to someone, somewhere.