Ready Player One

In YA Book Reviews on December 2, 2013 at 11:11 pm

by Ernest Cline

Dystopian Novel/©2011/370 pages/Recommended for 7th grade and up

Publisher’s Blurb (Amazon):

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 the 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.

My Thoughts:

The book has an intriguing premise, and I felt fairly engaged in the plot even though I don’t know much about the gamer’s world of on-going vide0 games (complete with alternate life and new persona) that never quit. I liked the main character and his humorous comments, as well as his close circle of associates and how their relationship evolved throughout the book. The plot was interesting, at times riveting, but I still skimmed when the gaming thing became too much for me. There were many references to the 1980’s, which I would think would be lost on the intended YA audience. It will be interesting to see how “Ready Player One” becomes (as is planned) a movie based on this book about songs, TV shows, games and movies.  Overall, Ready Player One is a good book. It’s a fun and fast-paced read with great characters and an interesting plot. There are some slow parts, but I, nevertheless, found myself turning pages rather quickly as the climax hit. I recommend the novel to anyone who’s a gamer, a fan of pop culture, a child of the 80s, or who just wants a good science fiction/dystopian read.

My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars


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