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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Posted: by Emma on March 20, 2017

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One has been on my “To-Read” list for years. When I heard that Steven Spielberg was making the movie adaptation, to be released in 2018, I knew that it was time for me to pick this book up and dive in. So glad that I did, as it was one of the best books I have read lately!  If you enjoy 1980s pop culture and video games then this is the book for you.

In the dystopian future of 2044, the world is falling apart. Famine, disease, energy shortages, and crime are all part of people’s day-to-day existence. Low-income populations are forced to move to new cities to find energy and most families live in shanty towns (made up of mobile homes stacked on top of one another.) Humans have retreated into another world, an online network game called the OASIS. OASIS is free for people to join and becomes the virtual world where people work, play, socialize, and go to school in the form of their avatar. The game was created by James Halliday, a genius who idolized 80s popular culture and made it trendy again. Things like Atari, Blade Runner, Family Ties, and Pac Man are all the rage. Before Halliday died, he hid a prize deep in the game and whoever finds this “easter egg” will inherit his company and his entire $240 billion fortune.

There are many people who have based their lives around finding the prize and become professional hunters, who are called gunters. The protagonist of this book is Wade, an isolated young man who becomes a gunter. Wade spends most of this time in the OASIS and he discovers the first major clue of the game. This catches the attention of the world, and Wade must race to find the rest of the clues and reach the prize before an evil corporation, who wants to take over the OASIS, finds it first.

This book is fast-paced, and I became invested in the success of the characters. Wade makes good friends and even meets a love interest, all fellow gunters who are also looking for the prize. They team up as the hunt gets more and more dangerous. Action-packed and suspenseful, I don't want to give any more of the plot away! 

Pick up a copy of Ready Player One today.

 

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

Posted: by Alex on December 29, 2016

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

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Queen of the Tearling Trilogy by Erika Johansen

Posted: by Emma on December 27, 2016

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Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Posted: by Emma on November 21, 2016

Faithful by Alice Hoffman

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Station Eleven & Fates and Furies

Posted: by Emma on September 26, 2016

Two books so good they are almost indescribable.

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NW by Zadie Smith

Posted: by Emma on August 29, 2016

NW by Zadie Smith

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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Posted: by Emma on October 27, 2015

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Posted: by Emma on July 31, 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Posted: by Emma on July 15, 2015

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

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The Martian by Andy Weir

Posted: by Emma on March 3, 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir

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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Posted: by Emma on December 17, 2014

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

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Rules of civility by Amor Towles

Posted: by Emma on November 10, 2014

 Rules of civility by Amor Towles

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Time-Travel Fiction

Posted: by Emma on September 9, 2014

Time-Travel Fiction

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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Posted: by Emma on May 27, 2014

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

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Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Posted: by Emma on May 22, 2014

Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

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The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Posted: by Emma on March 10, 2014

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

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Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

Posted: by Emma on February 7, 2014

Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

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Review: 419 by Will Ferguson

Posted: by Emma on January 28, 2014

Review: 419 by Will Ferguson

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Most-Read Fiction in 2013

Posted: by Emma on January 3, 2014

A list of the top-circulating books of 2013

Most-Read Fiction in 2013

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Review: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Posted: by Emma on November 25, 2013

Review: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

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Lynn Coady Wins the Giller Award!

Posted: by Elisa on November 6, 2013

Grab a Giller at the Library

Lynn Coady Wins the Giller Award!

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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Posted: by Emma on October 21, 2013

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

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Review: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Posted: by Emma on October 2, 2013

Review: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

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Best Historical Fiction

Posted: by Emma on September 11, 2013

Best Historical Fiction

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Review: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

Posted: by Emma on August 23, 2013

Review: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

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Great Adaptations

Posted: by Emma on August 8, 2013

Books to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen

Great Adaptations

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Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Posted: by Emma on June 27, 2013

Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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