For the Win

For the Win

Book - 2010 | 1st ed.
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A group of teens from around the world find themselves drawn into an online revolution arranged by a mysterious young woman known as Big Sister Nor, who hopes to challenge the status quo and change the world using her virtual connections.
Publisher: New York : Tor Teen, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765322166
Characteristics: 475 p. ; 22 cm.
Study Program: Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.9 27.0 137296.
Accelerated Reader AR-ATOS UG 6.9 27.0 137296.
Reading Counts RC 9.6 34.0 49730.
Reading Counts RC High School 9.6 34 Quiz: 49730.


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Jul 05, 2015

I would love to comment on this book, but like many others, I was banned from commenting at Cory Doctorow's web site [] - - evidently he only is accepting of consumer-driven, vanilla comments. Can't abide nor support censorship and anti-free press types!

Jul 31, 2014

M Colfrod and Violet Butterfly's reviews basically sum up this book (good job!). I would also add that this book has some very detailed descriptions about economics/global politics/ philosophy. I personally really enjoyed these, but they could be tedious or hard to understand for some readers. I would recommend this book for older teens or advanced readers. Another awesome feature: this books is also quite feminist in many ways. Highly recommended for any lifelong learner

This book was very engaging as well as a suprisingly great way of learing not only how online gaming works, but also about economy. Is brilliantly written and would very much recommend to all.

JAY W MCARTHUR Mar 25, 2012

NOT just a "Young Adult" book. Any gamer will love this novel, and anyone can learn both the economic realities of how on-line gaming works as well as the lessons on labour and economies, all contained in a great story full of well-rounded, believable characters. A great follow-up to Little Brother, and highly recommended.

Dec 13, 2011

The future?s not all fun and games?not for everyone. Sure, people around the world are engrossed in complex, online video games, but the system has been corrupted. Kids work as slave labor for big bosses, farming virtual gold and prizes from the games that are then sold?for a big profit?to rich gamers who can afford to cut corners. Matthew Fong works his virtual magic in poor conditions for small wages so Boss Wing can reap the rewards. Leonard, aka Wei-Dong, stays up all night in L.A. so he can work online with a ragtag team out of China. Mala, known as General Robotwallah, leads an ?army? of kids in India through the games under the watchful eyes of Mr. Banerjee. But when any of these skilled young gamers try to strike out for themselves under their own terms, they?re met with threats and violence. Enter Big Sister Nor, a factory-worker-turned-gamer who?s out to lead a worldwide rebellion?online and off?against the bosses and owners. With an international cast of characters whose stories sweep across the globe, For the Win is authentic and exciting. There?s plenty of social commentary here, but this is one thrilling call to action.

Exo Aug 26, 2011

I LOVED this book. Completely absorbing, and the writing was brilliant. I would not hesitate to read it again. Definitely give it a try.

debwalker Dec 10, 2010

"Doctorow's second YA book is one of the year's most politically engaging novels at any level. A truly global perspective on the impact of the new economies created through the Internet, and a gripping story about labor activists struggling to organize tomorrow's outsourced workforces."
Top Ten of 2010: Ron Hogan, reviewer

martins_mom Oct 31, 2010

Wow! What a story! A whirlwind tale of Asian gamers, North American big business, the world of finance and economics and more more more. Futuristic fiction at its best - and from a Canadian author too.

Oct 11, 2010

I'm a giant fan of Cory, and this book didn't disappoint. Yep, it's got a lot of sociopolitical and economic analysis, but I really found that interesting. As an non-MMORGer, it was amazing to get a look into a world I haven't experienced.

Jul 20, 2010

Boring book and poor follow-up to Little Brother.

Try giving This Is Not a Game by Walter Jon Williams a read as an alternative.

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