Graphic Novel Review: In Real Life

In Real Life
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“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.”  – GoodReads

 

I love this story! The artwork is so gorgeous, and I love how the colors subtly change between the real and virtual worlds. The story is really compelling and interesting, and I like that in the beginning Anda is a newb in the game, so that we get to discover the virtual reality along with her and learn about the Coarsegold world.

I’m so impressed that Anda has both parents with her, and they are loving, caring people who are involved in her life. So many stories, especially about teens, completely leave out any family influences, and that is a shame. I’m so glad that this graphic novel includes a positive family experience that plays a major role in the development of the plot.

The Coarsegold world is so cool! I’m not a gamer, but this might make me dive into it. I love how Anda is totally immersed when she’s in the game, and she brings the reader along with her. She’s slaying dragons and kicking butt, and it gives her the confidence to slay some dragons in the real world too.

The two story lines between the game and Anda’s real life converge perfectly and mirror each other in such a unique way. I really love how this story is set up and developed! The characters grow and change and discover, and the action and pacing are just right.

I’m so impressed and inspired by this graphic novel! Every young girl should read this.

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