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Outstanding Teen SF.,
This review is from: For the Win (Hardcover)
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Cory Doctorow, in case you're unaware, is one of the great polymaths of the cyberage:
author, advocate, social activist, etcetera .His novels are specifically concerned with the economic ramifications of new technology.
In this case, the nascent idea that cyberpossessions might have real economic value. In the world of the novel, wealthy westerners are willing to pay hard cash for advantages in video games.Therefore, young workers in the 3rd world are employed to play video games in order to earn these abstracts. It's an obvious, but effective metaphor for the way that Western luxuries are dependent on 3rd world poverty: Doctorow's written a novel that attempts to interest teen readers in these complex and harsh realities, explaining difficult economic ideas in understandable terms. As I've posted before in reviews of his work, he's not the greatest writer - He'll never write anything that's pleasing as literature. But then, neither did Philip K. Dick. And he was right about everything,