Book Review: In Real Life – Cory Doctorow, Jen Wang

In Real LifeTitle & Author: In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

Genre: YA- Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Contemporary, Gaming, Fiction

Release Date: October 14th 2014

Series: Standalone

Publisher: First Second

Source: Bought

Description: Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer–a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.

Role Playing Games

Seriously whats better then a book with a strong female cast and references to MMORPG’s? (Thats “massive multiplayer online role-playing game” for those of you who don’t playing online games.) Answer- Nothing! I have a special place in my heart for graphic novels, comics, and manga. It’s what I grew up on and propelled me to get into illustration and graphic art as I got older.The story follows Anda a relate-able girl who learns of an MMORPG through a guest speaker at school. Interested she decides to check it out and comes in contact with some heavily debatable topics.

Final Thoughts

Gold farming, labor laws, and self esteem issue- this book tackles a lot of tricky subjects very well. I don’t want to ruin the book but being able to watch someone grow as a character in a graphic novel format is extremely satisfying and heart warming. Anda goes from this sweet timid girl to an outgoing, energetic young women with an amazingly big heart. You go girl!

Would I recommend this book?

Yes! Seriously, if you like reading graphic novels and enjoy gaming this book is perfect for you. I would absolutely recommend this book, I would shout it out from the rooftops if I could.

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