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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.
Authors: Doctorow, Cory
Statement of Responsibility: Cory Doctorow
Title: For the win
Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 475 p. ;,22 cm.
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Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This Jun 14, 2010
  • RES rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

OMG! OMG! OMG! Sooooo FTW. By far my favorite book now. Combines the realities of life for workers in third world countries with the fast paced, dense world of MMORPG. The hacking was ingenious, the characters lovable and understandable. The explanations about online gaming and economics drew me in and had me understanding things i've never quite grasped about economics. Will be reading multiple times. If you liked Little Brother this will be right up your alley.

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

Violet_Butterfly_31 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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