For The Win


Mala, Matthew, and Leonard live in a world where almost everyone is playing video games. Mala lives in India and leads her neighborhood teens in an army of robots in a video game that she plays online at a nearby Internet cafe. Matthew is intent on building his own gold-farming team. Leonard (aka Wei-Dong) lives in California and plays battle games with friends in Asia. They are recruited by Big Sister Nor, who is using her power - online and off - to build a movement to change the status quo. Youth and technology vs. the System. Who's going to win?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is face-paced, with lots of action to keep you going.

Content Awareness Factors:


Young Reader Reaction

Teen 1: I give this book a 4.5 (out of 5 stars) because I loved it. Not only was the book full of both online and real life action, but the author really knows how to grab (and keep) teenage audiences. I would recommend this book for any teenager, especially those who play video games. In addition to this book, I would recommend the Hunger Games series, Unwind by Neil Shusterman and Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi.

Young Reader Reaction

Teen 2: For the Win is a very unique book that includes gaming, economics and wages. It is a great choice for teens and adults who enjoy playing video games and understand the mechanics of these types of games. People who understand and enjoy reading about economics within games will also like this book. There are lots of cliffhangers that make you want to keep reading. Sometimes, though, the amount of video game economics can feel tedious and boring. That is why I only recommend this for older audiences. For the Win would be a great gift for any fan of video games.

Type of Book:
This science fiction novel forces kids to think beyond the xBox.
Educational Themes:

This is a novel largely just to enjoy a good action thriller. Still, there are questions that surface about where virtual and physical worlds cross over ... and whether they should/shouldn't. Great for a book club read

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
12 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Age of child:
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Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. At 475 pages, this is one you'll want to "test drive" before you buy. If it is a hit, readers will likely come back to it again to find things they missed the first time through.

Title For the Win
Author Cory Doctorow
Publisher Tor Teen © 2010
ISBN 9780765322166
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Adventure, Games, Gaming and Puzzles, Contemporary Fiction, Science - Technology
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