For the Win

For the Win

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For the Win by Cory Doctorow, George Newbern

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, millions of “gold farmers” toil in electronic sweatshops harvesting virtual treasure that their employers sell to First World gamers for real money.
           
Mala is a brilliant fifteen-year-old from rural India whose leadership skills in virtual combat have earned her the nickname “General Robotwalla.” In China, Matthew defies his former bosses to build his own gold-farming crew. Leonard lives in Southern California and spends his nights fighting virtual battles alongside his buddies in Asia. All of these young people, and more, become entangled with the mysterious woman called Big Sister Nor, who builds them into a movement to challenge the status quo.
           
Fighting pitched battles in the virtual worlds of every MMORPG worth playing, Nor’s network of gamers is so successful that it incurs ruthless opposition. Ultimately, Big Sister’s people 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307710710
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

CORY DOCTOROW is a coeditor of Boing Boing and a columnist for multiple publications including the Guardian, Locus, and Publishers Weekly. He was named one of the Web's twenty-five influencers by Forbes magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. His award-winning novel Little Brother was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.

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For the Win 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are so many things to say about this book - it combines all of the things that made one of Doctorow's earlier books (Little Brother) great, and throws in some economics, a gritty world, awesome characters, and a well thought out plot. The only way this book could be better would be if it was free. Which it is. Just go over to his site, and download the PDF or .txt file. It really isn't that hard to put it on your nook. Overall, one of the best books I've read in the last few years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow... if i wanted an economics textbook, i would buy one. Good plotline, good characters, although they were not developed much. Things worked way to conveiniently, and huge detail was given to unimportant things while no detail was given to important things. For example, there are some parts of the book that spend pages and pages explaining tons of economic principles, but when they talk about putting major plans in action, getting fake id's, sneaking accross an entire ocean, or setting a background, there is very little. I might be being a little harsh, but i just couldnt get over the book spending a good chunk of its pages poorly explaining economics at a 7th grade level and that things were so easy and convienent for the characters.
KaneH More than 1 year ago
Some books are more than entertainment, and this is one of them. While it's a multi-faceted, absorbing story of global proportions, it has a powerful message that resonates in our world. There are many self-serving people that take advantage of their fellow humans, in every way they can. This book shows how to effectively work against the predators, by standing together. Individually, a person can be isolated and exploited, but as a group, people can cooperate for a better world. Here is a shining example, on a massive scale. The narrative displays an astonishing breadth of knowledge, taking us on an exploration into worlds alien to our culture. Loved the sensory detail that puts us definitely into a location, whether it be Orange County or Mumbai.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For the win by Cory Doctorow is a action novel about online gamers and their quests in the game. Also it is about peoples outside life and how the game affected them in a positive and a negative way. The people who play the game are either working for someone who wants the people who aren't good at the game to stop playing or they are playing because of their friends. Its certain things that i do not like and like about this book. For instance i don't like how the book jumps all over the place to one person in a different city or state. I also don't like how it talks about 8 different people in one part of the story. On a good not i like how the story was written and how the author used descriptive language to help me imagine what was going on in the game that the characters were playing. Despite the the fact that the story jumped all over the place I would recommend this book to people who like role playing online games and know what its like to go battle a monster with some friends. I will definitely read another book by Cory Doctorow
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