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Common Sense Media says

Teen gamers vs. corporations; absorbing but violent sci-fi.

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Parent of a 17 year old Written byAloha June 19, 2010
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17
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Nice
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Great role models
Parent of a 2 and 7 year old Written byjandrewworld March 29, 2011
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15
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Learning the Economy through video games

Ever wanted to have your child understand why there is a labor movement? How about how the value of a product can be artificially inflated? Or even how a child in India or China lives? This book explores all of these but sets it in a relatable world of playing video games. The story follows an American gamer and kids his own age in Asia as they try to game the system and make it work. It is set in a near future where video games have become an economy to themselves. Corporations like Nentendo and Coca-Cola don't like it, they want to shut down these black market players because they are affecting the economy of the game, and the game players themselves are trying to unionize, so they don't have to play for hours just for pennies. This book is so smart it will blow the minds of the adults reading it, and give children an understanding how the economy works.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old March 1, 2011
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12
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Well, I am twelve, and I loved this book. However, I think that I would have understood and been fine with all topics covered a year ago, if not two, which is why I rate it on for 12 year olds. I do not know how others my age would receive it. 12 is to be on the safe side. The length does not bother me, having read more complex books may times before. People I know are generally fine with this level of violence in books. The economics portion was interesting to me, for although older readers may already know about that, I didn't. The language may seem inapropriate for younger readers, but most people who would read this would be used to it. The realism in the descriptions of places and situations in China and India may be worrying for kids, but in my opinion it is one of the things that makes the book so good. As I said, I liked the book
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Educational value
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written byJourdy288 September 1, 2010
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14
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Excellent book, feels quite real!

For The Win (or FTW) is Doctorow's second book for young people. The first was Little Brother (which I despised!). I began reading this book fearing it would be a repeat of last time. I'm happy to say that Doctorow, in this case, proved me wrong. I really enjoyed this book! The only let down for me was the language. While it wasn't as awful as Little Brother, some bad language is in this book, which I think really detracts from it. The violence may also be a concern. I do appreciate, however, that Doctorow didn't put it in a particularly glamorous or heroic light. Rather, he depicted it as something absolutely awful, through a harsh, realistic lens. Thus, it may be too intense for some younger children, it may also serve as a valuable tool for youth with a less accurate (i.e. Hollywood) view of violence. It was also quite educational. Doctorow provides lessons on finance in simple terms to understand that actually help advance the story for the reader by providing an explanation of what's happening, and why. For more info about the book and how I liked it, check out my blog at: thestuffiread.blogspot.com/2010/08/for-win.html
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Educational value
Great messages
Teen, 17 years old Written byjuninhovlk July 6, 2010
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14
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liked

liked
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old September 22, 2012
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12
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Very good book, but a bit confusing

Well, i'm 12, and this was a very good book. I believe children should read this as it is not too bad. It talks a little bit about sex(not describing it, and noone has it, it is just referenced) and swears a bit, but nothing that you child(assuming he is 12 or up) doesn't hear every day at school. At the beginning it was interesting, and I enjoyed the parts about the economy, but near the end it became very confusing and for the last 75ish pages it didnt make much sense. I think a 14 year old or older would probably understand this better, but I do believe that a child 12 could probably comprehend a little of it, and would probably enjoy the economy part just like me. I would recommend this book to anyone 12 and up!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written bychriskringle3 September 11, 2010
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
just read up to page 41. and itss pretty good. confusing at first. lots of violence.
What other families should know
Too much violence