YMMV / Little Brother

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Marcus a genuinely heroic freedom fighter? Or is he just a Spoiled Brat that's butthurt over safety measures inconveniencing him?
  • Anvilicious: Admittedly, the book isn't very subtle.
  • Base Breaker: Marcus. Detractors for the book see him as a self-righteous Marty Stu who puts his personal desires over everybody else's.
  • Critical Research Failure: Early in the book, Marcus points out that Astro Boy's Japanese name is "Atom Boy", when it's actually "Mighty Atom".
  • Designated Hero: Marcus. The book opens with him using his hacking skills to play hooky, including filling a Jerk Jock's phone with spam out of fear that he would tattle on him. He blatantly ignores his family and friends' warnings to stop picking fights with the government even though they have every right to. He often causes his own problems. He would have gotten out of his interrogation sooner if he complied with the Big Bad's orders to hand her his phone, despite knowing there was nothing on it that would have gotten him sent to prison. He then causes the DHS to up security after causing a security glitch just to make a point to his father.
  • Designated Villain: While Carrie is clearly an amoral bitch, the rest of the DHS could be considered this, as they are simply just doing their jobs to protect the country.
  • Don't Shoot the Message: While the overall message of the story isn't a bad one, the Anviliciousness of it is what turns some people off.
  • Informed Wrongness: Marcus's father for supporting the DHS. If your son disappeared in the midst of a terrorist attack for a few days, you'd support their extreme methods too.
  • Jerkass Woobie: As much of an asshole Marcus can be, I doubt anybody would want to go through what he did either.
  • Love It or Hate It: The book is either an insightful look into our government's potential to abuse their power, or an Anvilicious mess with an unlikable protagonist and Strawman villains.
  • Narm: Any time Marcus refers to Carrie as "the Severe Haircut Woman." It's understandable that the book was told from his perspective and he didn't learn her name until the end of the book, but could he have chosen something less silly to describe her?
  • The Scrappy: While we're supposed to hate the Severe Haircut Woman because she's the Big Bad of the story, she is really hated for being a one-dimensional Strawman who only does her evil deeds For the Evulz.
  • Strawman Has a Point: As Marcus's father points out, in spite of what Carrie does, the DHS is only trying to do what they can to protect the country, even if it's a bit extreme.
  • Tear Jerker: Several.
    • Marcus getting Zeb's note and confessing to his mom what happened to him on Treasure Island.
    • Seeing the condition of Darryl's dad while he believes his son is dead.
    • When the reality of what Marcus is doing confronts him. Most palpable towards the end when he gets thousands of emails from Xnetters who want to help after Barbara's story gets out.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Marcus at times. One particular example was when he argued with his father about why the DHS are bad when he spent days worrying about him after he disappeared.
  • Wangst: In the sequel to Little Brother, Homeland, Marcus occasionally lapses into this, though to be fair, he is under a lot of pressure.
  • What an Idiot: Quite a few of Marcus's problems are self-inflicted. One major example is that he would have gotten out of his interrogation sooner if he had just let Carrie look at his phone knowing full-well that there was nothing on it that would send him to prison. Then there was when he tampered with the new security system just to make a point to his father, whom had no problem with the DHS's actions. This led to the DHS tightening security even harder.
    • This can be excused by Marcus's youth and inexperience - many of the stupid things Marcus does can be explained away with the fact that he's only a teenager.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Justified, Marcus is a 17-year old after all.
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