BOOK REVIEW: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player OneReady Player One by Ernest Cline

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“No one in the world ever gets what they want and that is beautiful.” -Ready Player One

I absolutely loved this book for so many reasons. Too many to name them all here.

Not many books keep me engrossed until the end these days. I find that the same book is getting written over and over and a new cover is slapped on.

Ready Player One’s main character, Wade, follows the famous “Hero’s Journey” story model found in most stories. The beauty lies in the way his own journey follows the same arc as many of his own favorite stories referenced in the book.

Yes, the writing is simple, and I read the word “expansive” probably 15 times whenever someone’s lawn or property was described. However, the story itself was engaging and engrossing. I found myself rooting for Wade. I felt invested in his progress in the OASIS as well as his personal growth. I was surprised that there was much character development, as fast-paced action/adventure stories tend to leave this to a minimum. I feel there is actually a fair amount of growth for multiple characters and relationships (including his with Art3mis) and felt it added to the story beautifully. By the end combat scene, you wanted them ALL (The remaining High Five) to win.

Overall: A quick read, lots of fun, fast pace, great 80’s references (I absolutely loved the Holy Grail reference near the end), excellent dystopian setting, and a fresh take on a classic story structure (the Hero’s Journey). Highly recommended.

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