Hello everyone! I’m back with the first review of the new year. My thesis is written, I’m in my last quarter of graduate school, and I hope to get back to bloggin’ and reviewin’ after a brief hiatus.
I had heard so many good things about Ready Player One, so when I received a copy of it for Christmas, I was extremely excited to read it. And, it was literally my first book of the new year—I started reading it a little after midnight.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is such a well-written and well-thought out book. Even though it’s science-fiction, the future that Cline creates is very plausible, especially when we take into consideration the role that technology plays in our lives, the popularity of VR, and how more and more games are being played online (and with other people).
I could go on and on about this aspect of the book, but I think what really grabbed me was how real and relatable the characters were, along with their relationships with each other.
I found myself rooting for Wade, aka “Parzival,” and getting emotional over the bond between Daito and Shoto, the bestfriendship between Wade/Parzival and Aech, and the budding romance between Wade/Parzival and Art3mis.
Seriously, I typically hate romance in most books because it tends to come across as cheesy, contrived, and unnecessary to the overall plot. But, the romance between these two characters was so nicely done—it evolved organically, and they got to know each other as people. There was a great friendship between them, healthy competition (they were playing a game, after all), and mutual respect. I loved it so much.
One thing that I did have a problem with—and this is pretty minor when taking the whole book into context—was that, towards the end, things felt a little rushed and seemed to work out a little too well for Wade/Parzival. But he is the hero and the Oasis is a virtual reality world (and, ultimately, a video game), so that’s okay. I can forgive that.
Overall, Ready Player One is such a great, fun read with believable characters and a lot of great references to nerd culture. I also think this is a very accessible sci-fi book, and I would recommend it to anyone who doesn’t typically read science-fiction and may want to dip their toes into the genre.
You can buy the book here or check it out from your local library (libraries are important, so please support them).
Have you read Ready Player One? What about the movie? Let me know down in the comments!