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Pamela DiFrancesco writes, “Iread your novel Little Brother, not too long ago and really loved it—except I just didn’t believe that the court system would be as just as it was, or that Marcus would be saved by the police, or that he would go on to “rock the vote,” so to speak. So (thanks to the wonder of Creative Commons), I rewrote it and posted it on my blog.”

I lost track of time. Days and nights blended together, a never-ending stream of assaults on my senses and my body. I began to lose my grip on reality. Sometimes during the torture, I made up stories. Every teacher, adult, authority figure I’d ever known had been an al Qaeda operative, bent on recruiting me. I babbled these stories to my torturers, and sometimes even believed they were true. They recorded my rantings and played them back to me at night. They became the dreams I was deprived of.

But through it all, I never gave them my password, or told them about Xnet, or sold out my friends.

One day after a torture session, I was dragged down a different hallway than usual. One of my guards, talking over me as if I wasn’t there, addressed the other guard.

2 Responses to “Dissatisfied Little Brother fan’s alternative ending”

  1. DevCon

    Great writing, Excellent twist!!!

    Personally, I think there still needs to be closure on to many levels for this to be the end, and that the last chapter still needs to be written.

    Cory, you might have some competition!

  2. apotheon

    I think Little Brother is the best “young adult” novel I’ve read in twenty years, at least. I think this alternate ending makes it an even better story — and it doesn’t need any further closure than this. Sometimes, the hero has to lose to win.

    With this, however, maybe a sequel more directly targeting an adult audience would be a good idea, addressing how to *not* get in trouble with the law and still carry forward many of the same principles explained in Little Brother.

    I’d buy a hardcover copy of the “revised ending” Little Brother today if it was available (with author credits to both Cory Doctorow and Pamela DiFrancesco, naturally).

    Thanks are due both to Doctorow for an excellent book that stands on its own, and to DiFrancesco for writing the perfect ending.

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