In Real Life
by Cory Doctorow Illustrations by Jen Wang
Expected Publication: February 13, 2018
Paperback, 175 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 3/5 STARS
(Thanks to Netgally & Fist Second Books, I received an ARC of this book to review)
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.
I am in the beginning phases of appreciating the beauty of graphic novels, and this is the first I’m reviewing. I received and eARC and read it on my iPad Pro and it was such a wonderful experience. The illustrations in this graphic novel were definitely some of the best I’ve ever seen. The colors were so vivid and eye catching, they were one of my favorite parts of this graphic novel.
I thought it had a very interesting storyline, like nothing I’ve ever read before. The game that was portrayed in the graphic novel seemed very fun, yet addictive at the same time. I loved that the story was based on friendship and not romance. It was quite the breath of fresh air. I almost felt as if the plot got lost throughout the middle of the story though.
Overall I had a wonderful time reading and enjoying the illustrations. I think if you are a fan of graphic novels you will definitely enjoy it. If you are new to graphic novels I also feel this is a wonderful place to start.