For The Win: A Novel

Hardcover | May 11, 2010

byCory Doctorow

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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 generation

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In the virtual future, you must organize to surviveAt 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 ...

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-...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 8.48 × 5.79 × 1.57 inPublished:May 11, 2010Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0765322161

ISBN - 13:9780765322166

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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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