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Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

baylee_lasiepedimore's review against another edition

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4.0

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Ma quanto mi sono divertita a leggere Ready Player One? Quattrocento pagine volate via e una gran voglia di prendere la Switch e immergermi in Animal Crossing, una simulazione di vita non all’altezza di OASIS, ma molto più kawaii (e poi ma chi riesce ad appassionarsi a questa crisi di governo che, malgrado tutte le spiegazioni e ricostruzioni dei giornali, nessunǝ ha davvero capito?).

Io Wade lo capisco proprio: la sua vita reale è uno schifo, da sempre. Abita un mondo in disfacimento e non ha alcun potere per cambiare le cose, ma ha a disposizione un mondo digitale in cui – potenzialmente – ha infinite possibilità. Vorremmo tuttз passarci il nostro tempo, soprattutto se significasse poter andare a scuola e farsi dellз amicз, che il fatto di conoscere tramite avatar non rende meno preziosз. Che importa conoscere l’aspetto fisico o anche il genere di una persona quando si condivide una passione e una parte di vita?

Penso sia questo l’elemento che ci avvicina così tanto al mondo di Ready Player One: almeno per quanto mi riguarda, non ho vissuto in prima persona la cultura videoludica, cinematografica e musicale negli anni Ottanta e non sono stata quindi in grado di cogliere ogni citazione, ma l’idea che il videogioco e la realtà virtuale non siano solo pura illusione, ma abbiano dei legami con la realtà materiale e possano anche influenzarla mi sembra decisamente familiare.

In barba a chi pensa ancora che i videogiochi siano strumenti atti a rincoglionire la gente (un’idea che pare uscita da uno spin-off della teoria del complotto del piano Kalergi), i vantaggi e i pericoli di OASIS sono ormai pane quotidiano e questo mondo cyberpunk parla molto del nostro. È vero che un videogioco come OASIS è ancora fantascienza, ma siamo comunque qui a barcamenarci su come fare a vivere al meglio con un piede nella realtà e uno nel cyberspazio.

Ready Player One con un’adrenalinica caccia al tesoro videoludica contro una potentissima multinazionale cattiva riesce a parlare di questa (relativamente) nuova cosa che è il cyberspazio, che ancora non sappiamo bene maneggiare, figuriamoci se parliamo addirittura di realtà virtuale (si potrebbe obiettare che anche la realtà materiale ci dà ancora del filo da torcere, ma facciamo finta di nulla).

sarahthibault's review against another edition

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adventurous fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

This is the first book I have ever read cover to cover in my whole life. I have never enjoyed reading, but something made me want to pick up reading this year and this was the first book I chose. I am truly glad that I chose to read this one first because if I hadn’t I don’t know if I would’ve continued on in my reading journey. I absolutely loved every single moment of this book and cannot wait to reread it when I get the chance.

alwaysreminiscent's review against another edition

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4.0

I wanted to read this book before I saw the movie and I'd heard amazing things about it from so many people (including my mom and the women from the podcast Three Book Girls). I'm so glad that I listened to them and read the book because it was so good! So good. Its such a believable futuristic novel. The future that our main character lives in is a future that could very well happen and that really makes the book that much better. I love how smart the main character is. I can't (well I can because of the book) imagine living the life he does and doing everything he does. He has some major brains and major dedication.

It's possible that some of you reading this are thinking "how much can really happen in a book with this premise" and my answer to you is so much! So much more happens in this book than I thought would happen. It's way more than an escapist video game. Some seriously crazy stuff happens and it really keeps you drawn into the book. I read about 200 pages within a day and most of that on the subway. It was such a fast read and it was so good. My mom and I both dreamed in video game while reading this book, it was so immersive!

I'm excited for the movie even though I know that there is no way that they can do this book justice, there is just too much information and too much going on. Not all of it is action. Regardless, I highly recommend this book. Passing it on to my gamer husband to read now.

brieahnj's review against another edition

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5.0

I love this book. I did the Audible book narrated by my favorite geeky actor Wil Wheaton. I've done one other audiobook before and it was terrible. I think the key is the person needs to be a story teller/actor. Anyway the story is a sweet look into the world that some of us live in, and that all of us someday might. A world completely and totally online, but in the end the only thing that matters is the real world.

kendrapost11's review against another edition

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5.0

It took me a little while to get into the story, but once I did I couldn’t put it down! I loved all of the pop culture references. I also found myself easily sucked into the virtual reality world that most of the story takes place in.

mattjp89's review against another edition

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4.0

An interesting world that throws insane amounts of pop-culture references at you in order to illicit a nostalgia response. It works.

But behind all that is an interesting story that flows smoothly from one plot point to another. A lot has to be taken with a grain of salt and you have to choose to just accept what is happening. The world is so vast and the possibilities are endless to a point where thinking about it too much could ruin the story its trying to tell. Enjoy it for what it is and go along for the ride.

blueplastichairbrush's review against another edition

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4.0

4.5
This was an amazing book, it really was. But why ruin it with romanic subplots?

elfeeza's review against another edition

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5.0

OMG! 5 stars. No questions. What an experience! I hope Ernest Cline finish writing the second book already. I can’t wait to read it. I can’t wait to t to watch the movie either.

habituallyheidi's review against another edition

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4.0

Really fun and fast-paced read. Definitely a must read for pop culture nerds and geeks. plenty of fun references.

As fun as the novel is though Cline leans on the references a little too much and as a result he does very little world building. Cline relies on the reader knowing enough of the reference to build the picture themselves. So if a reader doesn't know enough references scenes fall completely flat. Cline also skates by with the bare minimum in character building.

Despite not being a very complex scifi, the book reads like a movie is a really enjoyable read. Because of the pacing would highly recommend the Will Weaton audio version.

paperbackdragon's review against another edition

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5.0

This is now one of my favorite books of all time. It was so hard to put it down. It's amazing... full of gaming references (which I got the majority of) and 80's references (which I didn't get the majority of), with believable characters that you can't help but care about. There were sections that felt overly exposition-heavy, but the content interested me enough that it ended up not being a problem. The idea of a world where everyone lives, works, and goes to school in a virtual reality MMORPG was fascinating to me! And it was so much fun seeing it from the eyes of someone who lived and breathed it every day, where it was home. I admit it made me feel less like a weirdo for my high school and college days where all I wanted to do was go back home and play games all day. Oh who am I kidding, I'm still like that...