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Grandma Barbara said:
This book gets my vote for the best novel in the last 5 years, edging out The Help by a nose. A splendidly drawn cast of international teenage characters band together to unionize brutalized factory and gold farmers. Plenty of techno-geek action plus terrifying physical abuse , super intelligent writing and outstanding social awareness. Highly recommended.
posted Nov 14, 2010 at 10:51AM
The future’s not all fun and games—not for everyone. Sure, people around the world are engrossed in complex, online video games, but the system has been corrupted. Kids work as slave labor for big bosses, farming virtual gold and prizes from the games that are then sold—for a big profit—to rich gamers who can afford to cut corners. Matthew Fong works his virtual magic in poor conditions for small wages so Boss Wing can reap the rewards. Leonard, aka Wei-Dong, stays up all night in L.A. so he can work online with a ragtag team out of China. Mala, known as General Robotwallah, leads an “army” of kids in India through the games under the watchful eyes of Mr. Banerjee. But when any of these skilled young gamers try to strike out for themselves under their own terms, they’re met with threats and violence. Enter Big Sister Nor, a factory-worker-turned-gamer who’s out to lead a worldwide rebellion—online and off—against the bosses and owners. With an international cast of characters whose stories sweep across the globe, For the Win is authentic and exciting. There’s plenty of social commentary here, but this is one thrilling call to action.
posted Dec 13, 2011 at 2:43PM
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Addicted to guild game;.