Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Page Count: 372
Published on: June 5, 2012
Published by: Broadway Books
Genre(s): Science Fiction, YA, Dystopia, Fantasy
Source: Print: Paperback: Library
Age Rating: PG-14

Where To Find ItGoodreads // Amazon 

My Rating: 4 stars

Twitter: @Ernie Cline

Goodreads synopsis:

It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. 

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them. 

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig. 

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle. 

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape. 

A world at stake. 
A quest for the ultimate prize. 
Are you ready?


Hey guys!

       Ready Player One was up for the Rosie Award in 2013-2014, during my sophomore year. I hadn't read the book, but a couple of my friends had read it and absolutely adored it! At the time, Ready Player One didn't sound appealing at all; but then again, I'm not one for video games, and all I knew was that it talked about video games. I eventually picked it up, because Katytastic on YouTube really loved it, and I wanted to see if the hype was justified. I started it off kind of skeptical, but I soon got really into it. I had to put it down multiple times just to get a reality check, because the book was very addicting, like video games. The book was really good, really well written, and full of information. It made me appreciate the 1980's culture even more. 

        This book was really good, but was really slow going for me. Ready Player One took me nine days to finish! Usually, it doesn't take me long to finish a book that is under 400 pages, but this one was particularly hard to finish. I think it was the subject that the book revolved around. I'm not too keen on video game culture, and I'm not really all that into video games. I think it's really cool that Ernest Cline put this novel together. It was really well thought out and there weren't any plot holes and everything was explained. For someone who knows barely anything about video games, I wound up knowing quite a lot by the end of Ready Player One. I also really really loved the action and romance and the whole aspect of the book.

My Favorite Character(s): Parcival (Wade), Art3mis, & Aech
My Least Favorite Character(s): The IOI Company

        I'm really excited for Ernest Cline's new novel ARMADA which just came out on the 14th of July. Armada has a video games aspect as well from what I hear, and I'm really excited to see if it's as good as Ready Player One.

Comment down below if you've read ARMADA! Tell me what you think! I want to know!

Enjoy guys! Happy reading!
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