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Ready Player One January 14, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in 5 stars, Sci-Fi.
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“Ready Player One”  by Ernest Cline has to be a modern book that has had the biggest impact on me since I can’t remember when. I read it for the Geek Girls Book Club January Selection.

It was an intense ride. It’s a unique take on sci-fi videogames and futuristic society. A society that is plagued with the effects of famine, global warming, and over-crowding. It’s a bleak setting for someone growing up in that age. At the same time he does a flashback to the 80’s. There are references to many 80’s movies and to various other pop culture icons of those days which were so sweet.

The protagonist, Wade Watts aka Parzival, is intensely lovable and the antagonists, the Sixers, are heinous and detestable to the nth degree. The supporting cast is equally endearing and engaging. I especially liked Art3mis. She was a strong female character that rung true to life without being too saccharine sweet.

The world Cline builds is detailed and completely crafted. I feel bad for Cline, he has to top “Ready Player One” in his second novel and that’s no mean feat! I give the book 5 of 5 stars.

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