PageTurners Ready Player One – June Selection!

Welcome, once again, to Page Turners an online book club that has been put together by two amazing bloggers, Shelly from DIY Mama and Lisa from ExpandNG with June’s PageTurners book selection of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline!

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Here is a brief synopsis of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline:

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

Now I have to say that initially I was a little nervous about this one, and I chose the audio version again. The audio version of the story is narrated solely by Will Wheaton, and while I don’t mind him per se, his narration was a touch grating! But otherwise, this story was absolutely fabulous! I was born in the early part of the 70’s, so by the time the 80’s hit I was hitting my formative years. I thought that the 80’s were cool, everything about them, from the music to the movies! I grew up going to arcades and spending hours playing games like Ms. Pac-man, Pac-man, Donkey Kong, Galaga, and on and on!

The movie references in the story were spot on. The descriptions of the video games were amazing. I was definitely rooting for Aech, Arte3mis, Shoto, Daito, and Parzival, at least one of them, to find the Easter Egg. The bond of friendship that they shared, across the virtual airwaves, is a truly tangible thing. This one is definitely a 5 Star read and I absolutely recommend it! If they ever make it into a movie, I will have to see it!

Now for Shelly’s questions:

1. How long until this type of VR system is available to our society? Would you be interested in creating an avatar?

I don’t think that this is far off at all, maybe 10 or 15 years. I am not sure that it would be as advanced in “2044” but who knows, if things stay the way they are.

Oh I would so have an avatar! LOL! I think that it would be fun, to some degree, but I am think that I would have to limit it, maybe save it for retirement! Re-live the good old days!

2. Which was your favorite gate and how would you do at passing any of the gates?

I would have to say that the “War Games” gate was my favorite! I spent hours watching that movie as a kid. Now I am not sure that I could have gotten it word for word, because I have not watched it in years!
Joust was a game that I never played, but I had seen it played a few times, but I would have failed for sure!
And the same goes for Monty Python, I have seen bits and pieces here and there, but not enough to know it.

3. Were you happy with the ending? Do you think Aech, Artim3s, Shoto and Parzival will remain friends in the real world or result to life in the OASIS?

I loved the ending! Watching Art3mis and Parzival develop their relationship on a more personal level definitely made me happy. And knowing the all stereotypes and identities, because of the bond that had been created through that virtual world, were dismissed as not important. Friends they were and friends they remained.
Oh I think that they would definitely stay friends in both the virtual world and real life.

And now now for Lisa’s questions:

1. Could you imagine living most of your life in a virtual world?

You know, I really think that I could! I mean especially if that also meant that all of my shopping, including groceries and everything, yep…I think I could.

Part B to this question: How did you react when you found out that Aech was an African-American girl?

Actually I was not really surprised, but I have to say that the reason threw me a bit. I suppose that her mother telling her that it was the way to get ahead, portraying herself as a white male, maybe it was simply a case of a mother wanting success for her child. I don’t think that I would be able to do it that way.

2. What surprised you about the Hunt?

I can’t really say that anything about the hunt surprised me other than the true depth of the Oasis itself and the thought and knowledge put into the detail of the movies and culture.

3. What do you think will happen after the book? Will Wade and his friends solve the problems of the world now that they are multimillionaires?

In a perfect world, I would love to think that they would all stay in contact and remain close.
I also like to think that they will work towards at least trying to make a difference in the world.

Have you read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Don’t forget to stop back by towards the end of July for July’s PageTurners book selection, The Perks of Being a Wallflower! I have already borrowed this one from my oldest son!