Book: Ready Player One: A Novel
Author: Ernest Cline
Genre: Young Adult / Cyberpunk
Release: August 16, 2011
Length: 384 pages (Hardcover)
Book Rating: B (88.3 / 100)
Ready Player One reads like a novelization of Tron or a Young Adult version of Snow Crash. It’s definitely a must-read for fans of video games and the cyberpunk genre and a fantastically nostalgic walk down memory lane for geeks who grew up during the arcade-craze of the eighties. Everyone else should approach this book with caution, though. While the overwhelming multitude of pop-culture references makes Ready Player One a very fun read, they do very little to prop up the story’s thin plot, one-dimensional characters, and simplistic conflict.
This will never be a mainstream hit, but, chances are, if you’re browsing this blog, this book is for you.
Pros: Chocked full of trivia and pop-culture references. Extremely geeky.
Cons: The puzzles of the plot are Dan Brown-simple. Shallow character development. Saccharine sweet ending.