If you haven’t heard of this book, I don’t quite know how to adequately sum it up. It has been hyped a lot over the past year or so, and I was keen to get stuck into it!
- Writing quality: 4.5/5
- Pacing: 5/5
- Characters: 4.5/5
- Enjoyability: 4/5
- Ease of reading: 3.5/5
- Thought-provoking: 2.5/5
- Merit and originality: 4.5/5
- Overall love: 10/15
DO NOT READ ON UNLESS YOU HAVE READ THE BOOK – SPOILER ALERT!
Ready Player One was a very different read for me than my normal genres, and I was very pleasantly surprised when I began to read it. I liked the gaming setting, which I have never encountered in books before, and I enjoyed the honesty. However, the 80’s pop culture references were slightly lost on me, because it’s not an era I am particularly interested in, and because that was the main theme of the novel, it did lower the enjoyability for me. Of course, that isn’t a fault of the book, and I still found it very entertaining and tense despite it, so if you don’t think it’s your cup of tea because of the 80’s references, I would still give it a go if you feel like a gaming adventure novel!
“No one in the world ever gets what they want and that is beautiful.”
As for the characters, I think they were portrayed very well, and although I didn’t necessarily connect with some of them, I could definitely feel their emotions, which is a feature I’m finding quite a few books recently are lacking (so if there are any great character-driven novels you could recommend, I would really appreciate it!).
The pacing was almost perfect. I was completely hooked on the story practically from page one, and I was rooting for the good guys, and hating on the villain.
It was a very well written and thought out book, I will be keeping an eye on Ernest Cline for his next novel!
Comment below your thoughts! I really want to know whether you guys have read it, or are interested in reading it.
Thank you for reading!