Monday, July 27, 2015

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline [Joint Review]

Ready Player One2.5 of 5 Robots!

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Genre: Fiction
Release: August 16, 2011
Hardcover: 374 Pages
Publisher: Random House
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Julia and Shannon

Book Summary:
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. 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.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Julia and Shannon's Thoughts:
1. What were your initial thoughts upon finishing?
Julia: When I finished Ready Player One, I was really relieved it was over. The ending is satisfying, but the book really dragged on. 
Shannon:  Yeah, wow, this was a slog for me too.  I had such high hopes because everyone and their dog and their grandmother seems to live this book.  I feel like a total black sheep because I didn't really enjoy it that much.

2. What worked for you?  What didn't?
Julia: The information dumping did not work for me, and I LOVE the 80's and videogames. The plot underneath and the idea of the Oasis, all of that worked for me. Peel away the info dump and you've got some great stuff going on. 
Shannon: I liked the general idea of it.  The plot itself seems like a sci-fi plot from an 80s movie, like WarGames.  I liked Wade and his interactions with his friends. But yeah, wow, the info dumping was hard for me too.  It really took me out of the story.

3. This book features a lot of 80's nostalgia.  Could you relate to any of it?
Julia: Yes, I loved all the name dropping of video games and movies and music.... butttt there was a little too much explaining of all that stuff.
Shannon: I was born in 1981 and grew up on the divide between the late 80s and the early 90s, so I enjoyed a lot of it.  It was fun to recognize a lot of the movies, music, games, etc that I grew up up with! 

4. What did you think of the ending?
Julia: Satisfying. Cute. Not anything that pulled at my heart strings, but fun.
Shannon:  The ending was the best part.  There was some major plot convenience happening, but it was fun.  I was happy the book ending on a high note. 

5. What would you rate this book?  Would you recommend this?
Julia: 2 stars! It could have been so much more... I'm not recommending this to anyone. For someone as into gaming and the 80s as I am, this should have been a home run.
Shannon:  Gah, I guess like 2.5?  I am a total black sheep on this book.  Everyone seems to love it, but it was not the "fun and complusive" read that I was expecting.  But I think if you want to read this book, you should.  Because you will probably love it and not be a book pariah like me.

1 comment :

  1. When I first saw this book being talked about, I was wondering if my son who is 23 might like it because of the video game references. However, I am not sure if he would like a lot of information thrown at him about other things in the 80s. It has become a hopeless battle trying to get him into the habit of pleasure reading again. Thanks for the review. :)



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