Review: In Real Life by Cory Doctorow

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In Real Life is the story of Anda, a teenaged girl who is inspired by a speaker at her school to become active in a massively multiplayer online role-playing game called Coarsegold.

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In the course of trying to establish her role in a women-only guild called Clan Fahrenheit, Anda —in her online guise of Kali Destroyer— begins taking paying jobs wiping out “gold farmers,” overseas minimum-wage workers who harvest in-game product and sell it to novice gamers for real-world money.

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.

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In Real Life was a kick-ass graphic novel with beautiful illustrations that captured the mood of the story perfectly.

And, as always, I decided to feature some of my favorites here:

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Overall, this was a great way to pass a hot summery day with a terrific cast of gamers—my only complaint being that the ending wrapped up a bit too quickly for me. But other than that, I enjoyed my time in Anda’s life.

4/5 stars 

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