Thursday, March 11, 2010

Free Cory Doctrow Book if You're 19 or Younger

Posted by Simcha 2:05 PM, under | No comments

Cory Doctrow is known for his unconventional approach to publicity, which generally involves offering free downloads of his books through his website. And so it's no surprise to hear that Doctrow is taking another unusual tack, with the release of his newest YA novel, by offering 200 free review copies of For The Win to anyone 19 and younger.

    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

If you are 19 or younger and would like to review For The Win on your blog, school newspaper, or anywhere else, email Tor at with "FTW" for the subject-line. Also include the name of your blog or school paper. For fun, also share a game you enjoyed recently and why.

Apparently, Doctrow aims to have
For The Win reviewed specifically by the YA audience that he had intended it for, which I think sounds like an excellent idea.

For more information, visit Cory Doctrow's blog Boing Boing


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