In Real Life

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First Second, Oct 14, 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  - 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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User Review  - ThatOneLibrarian - www.librarything.com

In Real Life is the tale of Anda, a young woman entering the world of massive multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) Coarsegold Online under the wing of another, more experienced female gamer ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
9
Section 3
42
Section 4
43
Section 5
52
Section 6
61
Section 7
80
Section 8
84
Section 12
114
Section 13
121
Section 14
136
Section 15
144
Section 16
149
Section 17
150
Section 18
152
Section 19
164

Section 9
97
Section 10
106
Section 11
111
Section 20
171
Section 21
172
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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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