Ready Player One

9969571Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Genre: Science Fiction

Published: August 16, 2011

Rating: 5/5

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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. 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.

I was given this book during Big-Little week by my wonderful Little, and it took me a while afterward to finally pick it up. I cannot believe it took me so long! This book combined my love of digital stories with their paper brethren in a wonderful ride that brought into question what will happen to the world when computers become the main sensory experience.

Wade Watts proves to be the super hero he was named to be, representing the dream of gamers across the world; to become famous and rich by playing video games. He also represents a self-taught computer genius who is a programmer and tech guy in one. In short, I am incredibly jealous of his innate computer literacy, and now consider him one of my multitude of book boyfriends.

This isn’t just a story about a quest for money and fame, it is a wonderful exploration of how the world can change when you can look however you want. The ability to work and play all occurs in the same web for (nearly) free. A world completely digitized still has “castes” of a sort; only the wealthy can move freely and have the best equipment. This facet of the world brings to mind current issues such as net neutrality, as Wade battles the evil corporation hell bent on privatizing entry into this magical universe of binary.

Do you really know your friends if you’ve never met them face-to-face? In a world now full of social media, and sharing sites, it can be harder than ever to tell your real friends from those just hiding behind a screen. The evolution of Wade and his friendships with those online made me evaluate how I view online friendships (I really don’t have any friends as awesome as Ach).

The classics will always come back. I’ll admit a few of the 80’s references in this book went over my head (I’m a 90’s kid), but I found the nostalgia present throughout the book charming and interesting. After finishing, I did go searching out a few of the movies referenced to get a little more context, and I will likely reread again soon so I can experience the book with a bit more background.

In summary, Ready Player One is an action packed sci-fi thriller and is high on my list of favorite books ever. I absolutely love and felt connected to all the characters, and can’t wait to see them adapted on the big screen next year (please, Steven Spielberg, don’t mess them up). I highly recommend it to anyone who loves 80’s references, classic video games, and explorations of what is to come in all of our futures.

Check out my Etsy for a Ready Player One inspired bracelet!

Thank you all for reading!

emily

Throne of Glass Series

 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas                

Series Throne of Glass #1

Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens         

Genres Fantasy

Source Goodreads

Rating  

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien. 

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.


For my inaugural review, I’m going to write about my favorite series of all time:

THRONE OF GLASS by the wonderful Sarah J. Maas

(I’ve linked the title to the Goodreads page, if you would like to click and learn more.)

There is nothing bad that I can say about this series, other than it sucks you in and consumes your life, ruining all other books for a while. (After Heir of Fire was released, I must have spent a month rereading the entire series three times.)

I actually stumbled upon this book when wandering through the shelves at my local library in 2012 (I know, it was 3 years ago but this book stuck with me). I’ll admit that I was initially skeptical about the book, mainly because the cover was not the bada*$ one above, but a slightly less intimidating one featuring a cover model holding a dagger (the one to the right). Needless to say, my trepidations proved unfounded, and I discovered one of my favorite series of all time.

Remiscent of The Hunger Games, Celaena is called forth to win her freedom through completion of a series of trials meant to determine the best fighter in the kingdom and make them the King’s Champion. Celaena rises up to the challenge, proving herself an excellent fighter. Her strength in the face of such adversity provides a role-model for people of all ages, but her ability to hold onto her sense of self despite the situations she has been thrust into make her a heroine for the ages.

While Celaena captures you heart and mind, other character are not to be overlooked. The thief Nox, one of Celaena’s fellow competitors proves mysterious and lovable in his own way (and Sarah J. Maas has hinted that he will return in book 5). The princess Nehemiah, who provides Celaena with a friend and confidant in the castle full of spies. And, of course Prince Dorian Havilliard, and Chaol Westfall, the two love interests of the novel.

I know, love triangles are sometimes overrated but this one provides a new spin on the classic. For many reasons, Celaena’s choice is IMPOSSIBLE to make. Other than having to decide between two scrumptious men, her hatred for the King proves a hindrance to any romance between her and the Prince, and her and the Captain of the Guard. I’ll let you decide who to ship Celaena with when you read it.

The main complaint that I have read/heard about this book is that while she is called an assassin, she doesn’t actually do any “assassinating.” To those people, I would reply THIS ISN’T ACTUALLY THE FIRST BOOK OF THE SERIES. There is a series of Novellas that precludes this novel that covers the backstory as to how she got where she was at the beginning of Throne of Glass as well as some of her assassin exploits. 

I would recommend that you read these novellas, which have been compiled into a book The Assassin’s Blade, before reading this wonderful series. It really introduces you to Celaena Sardothein and provides some character background that isn’t covered in Throne of Glass. (It also introduces character that the author has hinted will appear again later in the series.)

Here are some links!

The Assassins Blade

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Throne of Glass

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Crown of Midnight

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Heir of Fire

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 This was originally posted on my previous blog, and has now been copied over.