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For the Win

by Cory Doctorow

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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.
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    weener: For the Win is kind of like a modern-day version of the Jungle: a heavy-handed, painful, yet readable book about labor rights.

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What I liked:
The diverse group of POV characters, including a good number of strong women
The interesting take on economics and labor unions
The window into distant-from-me cultures and subcultures
The clear look what it means to be privileged, or not in a globalized world

What I could have done with:
Repetitive economics lessons (once is plenty, thanks)
Graphic violence
The starring role for the white kid from Southern California -- interesting at times, but unnecessary

Certainly worth the read, and different enough from other Doctorow that I didn't feel like I was getting a rehash of what I'd already read. ( )
  elenaj | Jul 31, 2020 |
somewhat uneven, but imaginative and elaborate. And educational, as usual per Cory Doctorow. ( )
  mvayngrib | Mar 22, 2020 |
One of those books I really wish I'd written! Clever and very smoothly done. ( )
  Loryndalar | Mar 19, 2020 |
Rounded up from 3.5. I enjoyed the writing style, found the book engaging and interesting most of the time but, ultimately, I am gamer adjacent at best so that didn't draw me in. Other aspects of the plot did, but if I happened to put the down in the middle of a game play section I had trouble picking it back up again. That's my fault, though, not Doctorow's. In fact, the level of my interest in the book is a credit to Doctorow!

There were a few spots where there was just a massive information dump and those felt a little awkward - understandable since the economics had to be explained but one or two longest sections were noticeably long (the others fit in well, I think). ( )
  Aug3Zimm | Nov 12, 2019 |
This one had been sitting on my kindle for a while. The dedications to booksellers, large and small, brick and mortar and online - were a little depressing considering their decline since 2008. I liked the story bouncing around the world with the stories of sweatshop workers and others. The child upon child violence was particularly upsetting and the nerd ex machina at the end didn't quite gel. Overall it was engaging and exciting - what more could I want? ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
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Once again Doctorow has taken denigrated youth behavior (this time, gaming) and recast it into something heroic.
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In the game, Matthew's characters killed monsters, as they did every single night. But tonight, as Matthew thoughtfully chopsticked a dumpling out of a styrofoam clamshell, dipped it in the red hot sauce and popped it into his mouth, his little squadron did something extraordinary: they began to win.
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