Review: In Real Life by Cory Doctorow

In Real Life reviewIn Real Life by Cory Doctorow, illustrated by Jen Wang

Published October 14th 2014 by First Second

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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. From acclaimed teen author (Little Brother, For the Win) and Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow and Koko Be Good creator Jen Wang, In Real Life is a perceptive and high-stakes look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture clash. (Goodreads)

As a woman gamer myself I found this quite enjoyable. Even though it was slightly unrealistic it did deal with real issues. I really enjoyed the art and the story telling of Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang as a team. I became so invested in this story. The ending was not what I was expecting or hoping for, but it made sense.

4 stars!

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