Sunday, May 3, 2015

5 stars: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
"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.

But 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."

Published in 2011 by Random House NY. I listened to the audiobook format.

This is not a young adult book, but it's definitely a crossover book since it could be one.

You know those books that you read where afterward you're thinking "I don't want to leave the world of this book. I don't know how I'll read something else after." That's this book for me.

I listened to the audiobook, which Wil Wheaton narrates, and he did a fantastic job.

The plot description of the book does not interest me. I don't care about video games. I didn't care too much about the references in the book (OK, I loved the Heathers references). You guys, it doesn't matter. I never would have guessed that this would be the book for me, even though I like '80s pop culture. It's just so so so well-written.

This book has it all. The world building... oh my god the world building. Better than Harry Potter. The pacing is fantastic, and there is tension galore. You can't help but get invested in the characters, and everything that happens makes you cheer them on or sit at the edge of your seat biting your nails wondering what's going to happen to them next. There's a lot of suspense. The stakes are always high! There's great character development.

This is one HELL of a debut from Cline. I dear say that it's one of the top two best books I have ever read. I have in my possession an ARC of his upcoming book Armada, which also doesn't seem like a book I would enjoy, but I NEED to read it. Just not right now. I need to let Ready Player One soak in some more.

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