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Ready Player One: Book Review

Ready Player One: Book Review

 TITLE: Ready Player One

Author: Ernest Cline

Release Date: August 16, 2011

RATING: ★★★★☆

4 ½ out of 5 stars

Snyopsis From Goodreads:

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.

Other facts about the book: 

Pages: 374

Publisher: Crown Publisher

Series? No, this book is a standalone.

This book is now a major motion picture. Watch the trailer here!

My Review of Ready Player One: 

First let me start by saying, I am late to the party with this book. And another thing to mention is that if this book hadn’t been made into a movie I probably would’ve never picked it up. (But I’m glad that I did).

This book was a heck of a ride. I immensely enjoyed the world building and the characters. Although this book is a geeky sci-fi there were real world problems that Ernest Cline confronted in a way that I applaud.

You may be wondering why I gave this book 4 ½ out of 5 stars instead of 5 stars if I loved it so much, and I will be perfectly clear with you. I can’t give a book 5 out of 5 stars that blatantly denies that God and heaven are real. I know that this book is sci-fi and that it isn’t real, but I want to make sure that all of my readers know that I do not endorse the statement’s in the book that deny that God and heaven exist.

Beyond that, I loved Ready Player One.

The book is chock-full of 80’s references, and although, I only fully understood about half of them, I still loved the premise behind it all.

Ernest Cline did an excellent job of describing the OASIS in such a way that I felt like I was actually there while I was reading the book. If any book lights up my imagination like this one did, with such vivid pictures, the author is doing something right.

There were enough twists and turns in the book that kept me interested, but a lot of the time, the main character Wade/Parzival/Bryce is just given what he needs to complete his quest. Overall, I though the character building was good. Not good enough for me to rave about how much I love a certain character, but still overall, good.

If you love the 80’s, love video games, or love dystopian sci-fi then I highly recommend this book.

I am going to watch the movie in the upcoming weeks and I am already prepared for the disappointment, because just from watching the trailer I know that the movie is not a true adaptation of the book.

If you want a review of the movie and the similarities it holds to the book, let me know in the comments!!

Have you read this book? Did you like it? Let me know, I am interested in hearing your thoughts.

Thanks so much for reading this book review!


Sarah June


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6 thoughts on “Ready Player One: Book Review”

  • Great review! I haven’t read the book yet, but I have been considering it for quite awhile. It definitely sounds interesting and your review makes me think I would enjoy it. I totally agree that it’s disappointing that the book denies the existence of God. And I’m a little intimidated by the swearing in it, but I don’t like to feel like I’m holding myself back from good books because of that. So, I don’t know. I’ll think about it. But I would definitely love to read your review of the movie when you watch it! 🙂

    • Thank you for your wonderful comment! Just another small note, the book has a few inappropriate parts. Nothing too graphic, but just wanted to make sure you knew that before reading! I do think that it is worth reading despite it’s downfalls!!
      Thanks again for reading and commenting! xo

      • Thank you for letting me know! It helps me a lot to be aware of these things before starting a book. I’m glad to know the book is worth reading still!

  • I didn’t know there was a book, just heard of the movie and I’m like what is this about. Great review because now I can save this for my other friends who know nothing about it!

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