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Ready Player One Review

Genre: Science Fiction

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a science fiction novel that takes place in 2044. In this futuristic world, the real world is falling apart, and most people would much rather spend their time logged into the OASIS. The OASIS is a virtual utopia that lets the player be who he/she wants to be and do what he/she wants to do. When the creator James Halliday reveals that he has left easter eggs in the OASIS with promises of power and riches to anyone who can figure them out, most of the world joins in to win this fortune.

Like most of humanity, the protagonist Wade Watts has spent a large portion of his life trying to figure out the first easter egg. Years have been spent trying to solve Halliday’s riddles that are based around 80’s references. One day, Wade discovers a clue to the first puzzle, and his name ends up on the scoreboard. With the world watching, Wade must hurry if he hopes to beat thousands of other competitors who have joined the hunt. The race for fame and fortune has officially begun.

Ready Player One is filled with 80’s references. They consist of television shows, video games, movies, and so on. There is so much nostalgia, and it’s a lot of fun to understand the references. The details of some video games and movies are entertaining, and it’s interesting to actually feel like the reader is inside the video game or movie. While the references are great, there are moments where they seem to be thrown in just for a nostalgic effect. Some don’t really have a purpose other than to make the reader feel a certain way.

Besides the references, the world is quite unique and engrossing. There is so much to learn about the OASIS, and I enjoyed that whenever a question popped up in my head, it was answered within the next few paragraphs.The world is not entirely realistic, but it has a certain charm about it that makes it entertaining. The story is also engaging. Near the beginning, there does seem to be a lot of information given to the reader, and it would have been nice for it to be spread out more. However, after the first few chapters, the story picks up and takes the reader on an adventure. There are a few moments where the plot drags for a while, but it’s pretty quick to pick up the pace again.

For the most part, it wasn’t predictable, and a few surprises here and there occur that have a nice touch. I did like the villain, and I felt he was an actual threat to the protagonist. The ending is to be expected, but overall, it was satisfying. It was enjoyable and intense. I believe I squealed at one point because I was getting excited for the final confrontation.

Ready Player One is an enjoyable read. There are plenty of 80’s references to satisfy anyone’s need for nostalgia. While there are a few issues, the novel is entertaining and keeps the reader wanting to find out what happens next. The finale is intense and should be quite fulfilling for most readers. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a unique story.

My Rating: ★★★★

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I’ve finally finished Endless by Amanda Gray. It took quite some time, and I will most likely have a review for it up this Tuesday. While I was reading Endless, I also managed to finish Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I was surprised I was able to finish two books at once. The reason I did this has to do with the new method I’m trying with my reading. It mostly involves reading two books at once, but I’ll explain more about this in a separate post later this week.

Here are the two books I will be reading next:

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
Genre – Science Fiction

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines – puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win – and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

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

The Archived – Victoria Schwab
Genre – Young Adult/Fantasy

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

*Description taken from Goodreads.

I’m going to try reading Ready Player One again. I am so determined to finish this book, and I will conquer it! I’ve also been wanting to read something by Victoria Schwab, so I picked The Archived. It sounds really good, and I’ve heard and read great reviews about this book.

TBR (#4) – Ready Player One

I finished Ravens by Kaylie Austen the other night, and my review for that will be coming soon. It took me a while to finish reading Ravens because I’ve been playing a new video game called DayZ Standalone. Let me just say, it is very addicting. If you love zombie survival video games, then this is the game for you. Of course, it’s still an alpha, but there are updates coming out all the time. Speaking of video games, it’s time to talk about my next book. For this TBR, I’ve decided to pick from my shelves again without the TBR container. I’m being such a rebel, I know.

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
Genre – Science Fiction

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines – puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win – and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

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

I’ve been wanting to read Ready Player One for a while. I’ve already read the first chapter, and I really like it so far. I’m looking forward to finding out more about this world and the characters. That is, if I can stop playing DayZ.