After I posted about Hunger Games readalikes, I spent the next weekend devouring both Legend and Divergent. It was a bit too much dystopia in one weekend for me, but I did enjoy both books. If you like stories about child prodigies and militaristic training in the future, you might like one or both of these books. In some ways, the books were like “Ender’s Game lite,” at least that’s how it felt to me.
Ender’s Game has been one of my favorite books for over ten years now. On the surface, it doesn’t seem like something I’d ever pick up. Military training for children? Competitive war games? Weird insect aliens? Meh. Of course, it is also about how we push ourselves to our limits in good and bad ways to accomplish something staggering.
That’s pretty much exactly what happened with Cory Doctorow’s For the Win. At a quick glance of the back cover, it looks like a book about video games, economics, and China. None of which really catch my attention. But then I started reading. Yes, there is a lot of detail about economics, labor issues, and video games, but somehow the book manages to make even long lecture-like tangents about economics amazingly fascinating by immersing readers in the emotional turmoil of the characters in the story–much like Ender’s Game did.
Give it a chance, even if it doesn’t seem like your thing.
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