For the Win

For the Win

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In the virtual future, you must organize to survive At any hour of the day or night, millions of people around the globe are engrossed in multiplayer online games, questing and battling to win virtual "gold," jewels, and precious artifacts. Meanwhile, others seek to exploit this vast shadow economy, running electronic sweatshops in the world's poorest countries, where countless "gold farmers," bound to their work by abusive contracts and physical threats, harvest virtual treasure for their employers to sell to First World gamers who are willing to spend real money to skip straight to higher-level gameplay. Mala is a brilliant 15-year-old from rural India whose leadership skills in virtual combat have earned her the title of "General Robotwalla." In Shenzen, heart of China's industrial boom, Matthew is defying his former bosses to build his own successful gold-farming team. Leonard, who calls himself Wei-Dong, lives in Southern California, but spends his nights fighting virtual battles alongside his buddies in Asia, a world away. All of these young people, and more, will become entangled with the mysterious young woman called Big Sister Nor, who will use her experience, her knowledge of history, and her connections with real-world organizers to build them into a movement that can challenge the status quo. The ruthless forces arrayed against them are willing to use any means to protect their power--including blackmail, extortion, infiltration, violence, and even murder. To survive, Big Sister's people must out-think the system. This will lead them to devise a plan to crash the economy of every virtual world at once--a Ponzi scheme combined with a brilliant hack that ends up being the biggest, funnest game of all. Imbued with the same lively, subversive spirit and thrilling storytelling that made LITTLE BROTHER an international sensation, FOR THE WIN is a prophetic and inspiring call-to-arms for a new generationshow more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 475 pages
  • 152 x 212 x 46mm | 621.42g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765322161
  • 9780765322166
  • 998,641

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A terrific read ... A cogently written, passionately felt argument. "The New York Times on Little Brother" Awesome He's terrific at finding the human aura shimmering around technology. "The Los Angeles Times on Little Brother" A believable and frightening tale of a near-future San Francisco Filled with sharp dialogue and detailed descriptions within a tautly crafted fictional framework. "Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Little Brother" One of the year's most important books. "Chicago Tribune on Little Brother" A wonderful, important book I'd recommend "Little Brother" over pretty much any book I've read this year. Neil Gaiman, author of The Graveyard Book on Little Brother A rousing tale of techno-geek rebellion as necessary and dangerous as file sharing, free speech, and bottled water on a plane. Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies, Pretties, and Specials on Little Brother"show more

About Cory Doctorow

Canadian-born Cory Doctorow is the author of the New York Times bestselling young adult novel Little Brother, and the co-editor of the popular blog BoingBoing. His adult science fiction novels and short stories have won him three Locus Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He has been named one of the Web's twenty-five "influencers" by Forbes Magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic more

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5,562 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 24% (1,352)
4 41% (2,291)
3 26% (1,470)
2 6% (345)
1 2% (104)

Our customer reviews

This is one of the best YA books I've read this year. You want to understand the world children live in, what they can do for hours and hours in a game, this is a book for you. Do you want to be enlightened to the fact that sweatshops exist in all shapes and sizes? This is the book for you. Are you interested in economics, stocks, ponzi schemes and other scams, unionization and it's future? This is definitely the book for you. With a patient hand, Cory Doctorow gives clear, easy to understand examples of everything I talked about in my previous paragraph. Even if you are not a gamer, an explanation is always handy when gamer terms are brought into this story. If you are a teenager, then no worries - every single scheme is detailed out with easy to understand analogies. The story flips back and forth between China, India, the US .. the entire globe. Everywhere children are being mistreated by the "bosses", those monopolizing the gold farming market - but these kids are good. They're really good, and now they are demanding the decent rights that every worker should have. This is not your typical video gaming set of kids - these are children who play 15+ hours a DAY farming the same area over and over - why? Because they love the games. I could seriously rattle on and on about how much I loved this book, but I want everyone to read it. Gamer or no, this book should be on your list - give it to the teenagers you know, recommend it. I feel like, for the first time, I have some understanding with regards to how economics works .. all because of a book about more
by Lydia Presley
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