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For the Win

Doctorow, Cory

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
For the Win
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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, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0765322161
9780765322166
Branch Call Number: FIC D
Characteristics: 475 p. ; 22 cm.

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Jul 31, 2014
  • sinnette rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

Dec 17, 2012
  • Michael Colford rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Cory Doctorow's epic novel is really, really good. It features complex characters in their teens and explores such diverse and important issues as class, labor unions, economics, globalization, the Caste system in India, commerce, gaming culture, underground journalism and more, all without sacrificing a taut, exciting thrill ride of a novel. If there can be one slight complaint at all, it's after building up to a really tense and powerful conclusion, the book's conclusion is slightly (and only slightly) unsatisfying.

Still - an epic for the ages.

Jul 25, 2012
  • Violet_Butterfly_31 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Mar 25, 2012
  • JAY W MCARTHUR rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 26, 2011
  • Exo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

May 21, 2011
  • adkh rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

A tedious book with not much going for it. I almost fell asleep reading it because of the (boring) descriptions of economics, inflation and deflation (which I already understand). Too many characters to remembers who's who and too many technical details make this book poor and infinitely so compared to his previous novel for young adults, Litte Brother (which was very good).

"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

Nov 10, 2010
  • martins_mom rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • Ashtos rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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
  • HelloWorld77 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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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Jul 25, 2012
  • Violet_Butterfly_31 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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