2015 Reading Challenge: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Series: n/a
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Publisher: Broadway Books
Medium: Paperback
Awards: Prometheus Award for Best Novel (2012), ALA Alex Award (2012), Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee (2014)
Fulfills:A Book with a Number in the Title, A Book Set in the Future, A Book by an Author I’ve Never Read
Finished Reading: February 7, 2015

About: “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 Wad 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.”

I’ve been hearing a ton about this book for awhile now. When it came time to vote for a book for February’s book club talk, I was all about me some Ready Player One. I mostly just wanted a reason to go get this and nerd out in my little nerd cave.

HERMAHGERD, you guys. I loved this book. There are so many 80s references. Movies, music, games, TV shows, clothing, lingo, etc. I ate it all up. Since most of the story takes place in a virtual world, of course there’s a ton of video game references. OM NOM NOM ate all that up too.

There’s just like little tid bits I want to throw at you. I want random exclamations and interjections. I loved every single sentence of this book. While I didn’t listen to this one as audio, Wil Wheaton is the voice actor, so I might need to get on that as well.

I just.

Words. Sometimes they’re hard.

I just didn’t want to put this book down at all. While I was born at the tail end of the 80s (November of ’89), there were still a ton of references I got and only a few that were over my head. I’m wondering if it’s as enjoyable for someone who is younger than me and maybe not as familiar with these allusions. (Let me know in the comments below.)

This book is action packed, full of humor, romance (while in the background), and just everything and more that I wanted from a book like this. I’m so so so stoked and wish I could read it for my first time again.

My rating and why: I gave this book four stars! I just simply adored this book stayed up late at night or ditched plans to read this puppy. Why not five stars? ‘Cause I’m a hard reviewer. It’s like when someone asks you on a scale from one to ten how much pain you’re in? I’ll probably never say 10 because there could always be something that hurts me even more and there’s no 11!

Your turn! Have you read this book? Is there a book you wish you could read for your first time again? What’s your nerdy pleasure? Let me know in the comments below! Like. Comment. Follow.

Until next time my fellow bibliophiles!

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