by Ernest Cline. Check it out here.
So, I had this book on my reading list for a long time. I was sort of hesitant to purchase and read it because I didn’t how interested I would be in it. Then I had a solid friend recommend it and also heard there was a movie in the works so I decided to take the plunge. To say the least, I am made that I wait so long to read this book. Dramatic much…
Anyways, let me start off by saying in my opinion if you enjoyed fiction books like The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and The Divergent Series— you will probably love this book.
The main character Wade Watts is an extremely strong and likable protagonist. He starts off doing all sorts of dangerous things in this crazy worldwide competition going on in the virtual reality network that has been created in the future — but he ends up teaming up with some people and risking his life for the great good. Hopefully this isn’t too much of a spoiler!
I found myself rooting in his favor the entire book. The author does a great job of really getting you hooked into the story line. He could have went way off the deep end with things, considering it is based in the future. I think that is what kept the book interesting– the fact that you could see this maybe happening some time in the future. I realized how terrifying but also how exciting it would be if this was real life.
Another great thing about the book is the pop culture knowledge you encounter. There is a strong connection with 1980’s– I happen to know a few things about this time period considering I was born in the 1990’s. But I think it is a good piece of work for younger generations because it brings the past and the future together nicely. Amidst it all he also throws in an unconventional love story, for those who enjoy that sort of thing. I could go on and on, or you can just read it and see for yourself.
I really don’t know how the author fit so much detail and action into one book. It probably could have been a whole series and I wish that it was, so that I had more to continue reading. Too say the least I was left craving more! I think this book will become a classic. I can’t wait to see if the movie does the book any justice.