In Real Life, Volume 1

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First Second, 2014 - Young Adult Fiction - 192 pages
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Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. 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. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing.

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 Cory Doctorow and rising star cartoonist Jen Wang, "In Real Life" is a sensitive, thoughtful look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture-clash.

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User Review  - rabidgummibear - www.librarything.com

Half the appeal of this book for me was the art because it is beautiful, but Corey Doctorow brings up brilliant points throughout. We see how economics in online games change lives in other places and also just how one girl has the power to help make change. Popsugar Graphic Novel pick Read full review

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User Review  - aratiel - www.librarything.com

This explores a social issue that not a lot of YA books or graphic novels have touched on (i.e. gold farming). For that, and for the awesome art, this book is worth reading. But I felt like the ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Cory Doctorow is a co-editor of "Boing Boing" and a columnist for multiple publications including the "Guardian," "Locus," and "Publishers Weekly." He was named one of the Web's twenty-five influencers by "Forbes" magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. His award-winning novel "Little Brother" was a "New York Times" bestseller, and his recent novels include "Information Doesn't Want to Be Free" (McSweeney's). He lives in London with his wife and daughter. "In Real Life" is his first graphic novel.

Jen Wang is an cartoonist and illustrator currently living in Los Angeles. Her works have appeared in the "Adventure Time" comics and "LA Magazine." Her graphic novel "Koko Be Good" was published by First Second. "In Real Life "is her second book.

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