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Five Reasons to Embrace Your Inner Nerd and Read “Ready Player One”

Every so often I decide that I need to force my favorite novels upon my blog followers (the last time I did this with the The Bone Season). Today I’ve decided Ready Player One should take a turn. If you haven’t read this book, you don’t even understand what fun you’re missing out on, so read on to see my five reasons why you need to embrace your inner nerd and read this novel already.

Five Reasons to Embrace Your Inner Nerd and Read “Ready Player One”Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Published by Crown Publishers on August 16th 2011
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 374
Format: Hardback

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. 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.

So let’s get down to it and discuss why you should read Ready Player One: 

  1. If you’re not yet a nerd, you can discover your inner nerd when reading this novel. If you’re already a nerd, take solace in knowing that there’s someone out there nerdier than you are (that someone would be the author, Ernest Cline).
  2. Learn more about 80’s pop culture than you ever wanted to know, and use it to impress all of your friends.
  3. Feel like a reading Speedy Gonzales when you start this novel and finish it in just days because it’s so freaking awesome you can’t put it down. Need a book to get you out of that reading slump? This will do it. Falling behind on your Goodreads reading challenge? This will help you get back on track. This main character’s intense quest to find the three clues hidden in a virtual world make it an edge-of-your-seat read. Once you start hunting for those clues, you won’t be able to stop.
  4. Get a little meta and contemplate the fact that you’re reading about characters in a fictional world living their lives in a virtual world.
  5. It’s being made into a movie directed by Steven Spielberg!! I have no idea what a movie that mostly takes place in virtual reality is going to be like, but it’s one book adaptation that I’m actually excited about for a change.
ready player one ernest clineSo did I convince you? GO READ IT ALREADY.

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(as if you had any doubt)


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Have you read Ready Player One? What were your thoughts? If you haven’t read his other novel, Armada, you can check out my review of it here.
If you haven’t read RPO, does it sound like something you’d be interested in (the answer to this question should be yes)?

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    1. Lol, I promise that you will love it when you read it! So hurry up and move it to the top of your TBR!!

    1. Glad you are enjoying Dune! I’ve always wondered if you’d like Ready Player One. It does have a lot of video game stuff in it, but it’s such a fun story that I wonder if as a non-videogame person you’d still enjoy it. If you need to borrow a copy you can!

  1. I’ve heard people mention this book before and I’ve seen it on Instagram, though I didn’t actually know what it was about. Now that I do, I really want to read it. I’ve never even heard of a book remotely like this before either. It sounds super interesting!

    1. If the synopsis appeals to you, you NEED to read it. It’s so much fun!! Thanks for stopping by Adalyn ( :

  2. Oooooo this book sounds really good! I’m a nerd anyway so it looks like I’ll fit right in xD

    Thank you for recommending such an amazing-sounding book! I can’t wait to give it a try!


  3. I already have this on my tbr and on my amazon list for my next book haul 😀 But now I want to read it even more! This also reminds me that I have to tell my boyfriend about this book. 😀

    1. Yes!! And tell him! It’s such a great guy book. I have made all of my guy friends read it, and they’ve all loved it 😀 When you read it you’ll have to let me know what you think.

  4. Have you listened to the audiobook version with Wil Wheaton as the narrator? That was my first experience with this book and OMG all the love for it! I have purchased a print copy for myself since the audio was a library find. I must do a reread soon! Love all of the 80s and pop culture references!