Book Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Ready Player One is my first read of the New Year, and it also crosses ‘A Book You Meant To Read In 2018’ off of my list from Pop Sugars reading challenge.

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In the year 2045, 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. 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.

I don’t know what I love more about this book: the fact there’s so much 80’s jam packed into this, or the geeky goodness. I’m an 80’s girl. I love the movies, music and the decade as a whole. Growing up in it made me the nerd I am today. So I loved reading a book that took me down memory lane.

The book is pretty freakin good, in my opinion.

Wade is a believable character, and I found myself feeling for him and rooting for him from the beginning. From living in poverty, to trying to escape reality and escape what his life is by winning the big contest, he has a lot on his plate. The futuristic setting is also very realistic. I often wonder what living will be like in the future, with an every growing population. The stacks described a scary view of what living may look like. Technology keeps progressing and the OASIS sounds like something that could very well come to pass.

The OASIS is an intriguing thing, but shows the dangers of technology.  People spend most of their time hooked up in a virtual reality world. Some to escape their crapping real life, or for other reasons, like making money or friends.

I also loved the supporting characters. I’m a sucker for any type of ragtag group, even if they weren’t working together.

When Wade is searching for the first clue to the key and passing the gate, I felt like I was playing the game with him. At one point and let out a “Yes!” as his points on the big scoreboard increased. Maybe it is the gamer in me, but I loved reading about every point he earned and every time he unlocked a clue and found a key.

Of coarse every story, especially in a world where fortune is involved, has to have a Big Bad. In this case a corrupt and evil corporation that wants to win so they can own the OASIS and do whatever they please with it.

I did find the novel to be too wordy. Long descriptions were used in places I (personally) didn’t think necessary. Aside from that though, I pretty much loved every aspect of this book. It was a really fun read.

 

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Two Quick Book Reviews

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It is a snowy and blustery Tuesday morning. ‘Bastard Storm 2015’ has started up, which means I have a snow day! Nobody wants their nails done on a day like this.

I have two options. 1) Be productive. Get the house work in order. 2) Stay in my SOA onsie and be lazy. Guess which option I am going with?

I finished book two of the year this morning. Then I remembered I had wanted to do some book reviews this year, so here I go with a quick one on each of the books I have read so far.

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Locke and Key vol 2 and the SOA collectors edition.

#1-‘Sons Of Anarchy: The Official Collector’s Edition’. For any fan of the TV show S.O.A, this book is a MUST have! The show was created by Kurt Sutter, evil genius in my opinion, and it had fans hooked for seven seasons. Even now if someone were to watch it for the first time, odds are they are sure to get hooked right away just like I did. The book is a perfect compliment to Kurt’s creation. The large hardcover book (which I swear smelled like leather when I opened it on Christmas morning) is full of info on all seasons, words from the cast and creator, and stunning photos. I savored each page and absorbed it all. If you haven’t finished the season, WAIT to read this. Spoilers abound! As a huge fan of the show and major fangirl, this book is perfect and I give it a 5 out of 5.

#2-‘Locke and Key: Vol.2 Head Games’. A friend of mine mentioned this series to me a few years ago. It sounded interesting and it wasn’t until last summer that I bought book one at Fan Expo in Toronto. I devoured it and had hoped to get the next one for Christmas, which I did. Last night I began to read it, and this morning once I knew I wasn’t going into work, I curled up and finished it. I love these books. A haunted family, a creepy old house, and keys that do all sorts of weird and twisted things. I have been a lover of the supernatural since I was a kid, and these books are right up my alley. This book focuses on a key that can unlock your own head. Want to learn something in a few easy seconds? Pop your top and throw the book in. Want to forget a horrible memory or forget how to cry? Reach on in, take it out, and you will feel much better. Joe Hill is a brilliant writer and the art work is fantastic. It makes me want to get the next book ASAP. I want to know what other horrors are in store for this family, and what other keys exist.

If you are storm stuck like I am, I hope you make the best of it. I rarely get days like this so I like to savor them like when I was a kid getting to stay home from school.