It’s S.T.E.A.M. week here at GEPL, leading up to our fantastic Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Fair this weekend, so I thought I’d do a thematically appropriate booklist! S.T.E.A.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (you may know it better as S.T.E.M., but c’mon, the arts are awesome!) There are so many ways I could go with this, book-wise, but for some reason my mind immediately went to hackers. Probably because I think being that good with computers and tech is awesome, and it’s something I know very little about. So, in the spirit of S.T.E.A.M. week, here are five books featuring hackers!
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow – Marcus is a hacker in a San Francisco of the not-so-distant-future. When a terrorist attack rocks his city, Marcus and his friends find themselves detained by homeland security in a secret prison. When his ordeal is over, Marcus is determined to take action against a Department of Homeland Security that is using ever-more intrusive methods of spying, and making San Francisco look increasingly like a police state. Using his computer skills and a network of other angry hackers, Marcus desperately tries to overcome the odds and make his city free again.
Find Me by Romily Bernard – Wick Tate is not particularly interested in obeying the command “find me,” words written on a dead girl’s diary. But when her sister becomes the next target, Wick is suddenly ready to use all her hacking skills to find a killer and prevent her sister’s death. With the help of her neighbor Griff, Wick begins the hunt. Despite complications from the possibility of her father’s return and unwelcome attention from a detective, Wick pursues her quest with a dogged determination. But will she find what she’s looking for in time?
Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks – Cadel was hacking computers at seven. By fourteen, he is well on his way to becoming a true evil genius. By taking classes in a World Domination program. Seriously. There is humor as well as drama in Evil Genius, as Cadel struggles with morals, his evil genius father, and even some romance when he meets a girl who makes him question whether world domination is really a good goal. There is action and excitement enough to keep readers turning pages as they wait to see what kind of person Cadel will turn out to be.
Olivia Twisted by Vivi Barnes – Olivia has spent her time in foster home after foster home becoming a great hacker. So when the mysterious Z from her new school recruits her to be part of his hacker team, she fits right in. But while Olivia dreams of a better life, Z’s boss Sykes has his eye on her for other reasons. Loosely based on Oliver Twist, Olivia Twisted centers on a tough main character who isn’t afraid to stand up for herself or her morals – even to people she cares about. Romance, computers, and suspense combine in this gripping story.
Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin Mitnick – Real life super-hacker Kevin Mitnick spills in his memoir, Ghost in the Wires. Mitnick avoided the authorities as he hacked into some of the biggest companies in the world. He hacked phones, computers, and wireless networks. And he avoided capture for years. His story is a story of technology and computers, but also a story of crime and exciting escapes, a clever mind playing games with those hunting him, and immense skill and determination.