Review: In Real Life

In Real Life

Cory Doctorow, Jen Wang

Publisher: First Second
Publication date: 14-Oct-2014
Date Finished: 30-Jul-2017
Format: eARC
Pages: 175
Genres: Young Adult, Comic, Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Gaming
ISBN: 9781596436589
Source: Netgalley
Reading Challenges: Goodreads Reading Challenge


“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 BrotherFor 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.”



This is a gorgeously illustrated graphic novel that touches on some very real issues. I devoured this graphic novel. The bright and colorful panels drew me in. The story itself was illuminating as it touches on the issue of cheating gaming systems by using a “farm” of people who work for low wages and in poor conditions.

Overall, this is a great graphic novel and I definitely recommend it.

About the Author

“Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of the YA graphic novel In Real Life , the nonfiction business book Information Doesn’t Want To Be Free , and young adult novels like HomelandPirate Cinema and Little Brother and novels for adults like Rapture Of The Nerds and Makers. He is a Fellow for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles.”


I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.


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