This book was incredible. I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did (which is why I waited so long to pick it up), but oh my god guys….
Let’s jump into the review.
Pages: 374 Pages
Published: August 16th, 2011
I have recently been seeing this novel everywhere, which is what brought me to picking it up. I think the main reason this novel was being brought back into the spotlight was due to the release of the next novel in this series? I’ll talk more on this subject near the end of the review, because I have some thoughts.
Ready Player One was a book filled with so much character and fun that I immediately fell into the world and didn’t want to put the book down. If I didn’t have to work I would have finished this book in a day, that’s how bingeable it was.
The characters in this novel was fantastically written. They were all unique and filled with so many quirks. Cline also did an amazing job letting the reader understand each character just enough that we felt close to them without wasting time of descriptors and backstories. I would say that I felt just as much for the High Five as I did for our main character Parzival (Wade).
Art3mis was an incredible love interest for Parzival but I loved the fact that she wasn’t just his love interest. She was held to the same high standards we held Wade and that was so pleasant to see.
The pop culture references in this novel definitely did go over my head a bit, but that’s mainly due to the fact that I’m a ’96 baby and when I was younger all I did was watch Hindi movies…. I have definitely grown since then and understood some of the references that were made.
If you were a true ’80s to ’90s baby, you are going to love the references in this novel. I can see how they would be so fun for someone who grew up with the movies, music, and video games that they talk so much about!
The plot of this novel didn’t feel forced in the least. It felt like it organically grew and the buildup was definitely something that got me wondering what was going to happen next. I would have to say that I didn’t predict the ending which was such a nice surprise for me! I love it when a book has the ability to surprise me (in a good way) and still keep me guessing until the very end.
All in all, this book was a home run. I adored everything about this book and definitely will be picking it up again in the future.
As for Ready Player Two, once I finished this first novel I did think about picking up the newly released sequel, but after reading some reviews for it, I have decided against it.
Sure it’d be nice to be back in that world again with the same characters, but I think that since the second novel might not be my favourite, I’d rather just consider the first a standalone and leave it at that.
I was so excited to watch the movie after I finished this novel. Unfortunately, the movie changed a lot of what I loved about the novel. It didn’t have as much of the geekyness that the book held and that was one of the main things that made this novel so loveable.
I know a lot of people who really loved this movie so don’t let me convince you not to watch it. If I were to go back in time knowing what I knew about the movie, I would still watch it to satisfy my curiosity.
Thank you so much for reading my review for Ready Player One!
Please leave a comment telling me what you thought of the novel if you’ve already read it!