For the Win by Cory Doctorow
Digital Audiobook narrated by George Newburn
Published by Random House Audio on May 11th 2010
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Length: 477 pages or 16 hours, 31 minutes
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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
Nope, sorry. I’m tired of reading books that want to spend a load of time preaching to me. It’s not that the issues you’re talking about are unimportant. It’s that I can hear enough about greedy corporations and the global economy in the news without my “fun” time turning into a lecture about how we need to be more proactive in standing up for our rights and equality. I don’t mind books that make you think but egats, who wants a book to talk down to them.
I DNF’d this at about 10%. There was a bit in the beginning where I thought, “hey, this may be good!” Sneaky author, luring me in with an Alice in Wonderland themed MMORPG. I’d be a sucker for that game. But this book isn’t about video games, don’t be fooled. It’s about Injustice.
I suffered through 7 hours of Cory Doctorow in Little Brother monologuing about government corruption and the naive weakness of adults to do the right thing. I’m all set with this author. There’s a difference between sticking my head in the sand and trying to actually ENJOY a book.