In Real Life

In Real Life Cover

In Real Life

By Cory Doctorow; Jen Wang (Illustrator)

First Second, Paperback, 9781596436589, 192pp.

Publication Date: October 14, 2014

Description

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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.



About the Author
Canadian-born Cory Doctorow is the author of the "New York Times" bestselling young adult novel "Little Brother", and the co-editor of the popular blog BoingBoing. His other YA novels include "Pirate Cinema" and "Homeland" (2013), the sequel to "Little Brother". His adult novels and short stories have won him three Locus Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He has been named one of the Web s twenty-five influencers by "Forbes Magazine" and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.

Jen Wang is a cartoonist and illustrator currently living in Los Angeles. Her works have appeared in the "Adventure Time" comics and "LA Magazine". She recently illustrated Tom Angleberger's "Fake Mustache". Her graphic novel "Koko Be Good" was published by First Second. "In Real Life "is her second book.


Praise For In Real Life

"A lovely graphic novel for gamer girls of all ages." —Felicia Day