Originally posted 2015-06-10 13:42:41.
Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Published: August 16, 2011
Genre: Science Fiction and Dystopian
Kid Friendly Rating: 15+ Strong Language, some violence. Overall positive message and positive role models
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place full of broken cities and broken people. Everything is dirty, polluted, and cramped. Most people spend their time living in an alternate reality called OASIS which is a virtual utopia. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual world and looking for an Easter Egg. This Easter Egg was left behind by the creator of OASIS, James Halliday, and whoever finds it will amass his entire fortune. But the Egg will not be easy to find and Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines. Finally, all of Wade’s hard work is rewarded as he finds the first of three clues. The race is then on to find the others before anyone else does!
I know it seems like a very short description of a book, but I really do not want to give too much away. I would like to talk about the world the author builds. I read a lot of books and there are a few genres that I have been staying away from. One of them is Dystopian. I think there are ton of books out there that fit within this genre (Hunger Games, Divergent series, ect) and I was getting kind of bored with them. I enjoyed Hunger Games, but I just could not get into the Divergent series and their society. It was a bit of “been there done that” for me. I say all this because I was reluctant to even try reading Ready Player One, but I am very glad that I did.
Ernest Cline created a world that I was drawn into. I felt like I was really there. In fact, he did this with both the real world and the virtual world he created. I would be reading late at night just excited to see what would happen next. I cared about the characters and what happened to them and the story was so focused and thought out that I couldn’t put it down. I cannot even tell you how many times I wanted to just jump into the book and be a part of the adventure. That is a good book to me, one that makes you feel as though you could be in it. It made me feel like I did the first time I read Ender’s Game.
This novel not only has a great world, but it also such a great comical aspect to it. It was a flash back to the 80’s at times and it really made me enjoy all the gamer aspects. It was not a book that looked down on gamers, like some do, but it really embraced what it meant to be a gamer and how sometimes we can take a game too far. I know in the book there was a lot of money at stake and that raises the bar for everyone, but the individuals in this novel LIVED the game and I think it makes a very interesting stance on what a gaming addiction could mean and do to someone.
I loved this book and I am so excited to hear that it is going to be turned into a movie! I feel that teens would love to learn and live this world just like I did while reading it. Be sure to watch for some harsh language (f-bombs for sure) and violence, but know your kids will fall in love with characters and see the positive outcomes. I would rate this book a 9 out of 10!
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