Book Review: READY PLAYER ONE by Ernist Cline

Ready Player OneReady Player One by Ernest Cline
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Took a friend’s advice to make this my Audible pick this month because of Wil Wheaton’s narration and am very happy with the outcome. Even though I am a decade too young to have experienced the 80’s in the way it is highlighted in this book, I still enjoyed the sense of a larger than life video game scavenger hunt with life or death stakes. Would I have liked it more if the nostalgia was focused on Nirvana, Final Fantasy III and Jurassic Park? Maybe a little, but not enough to indicate that the character’s enjoyment was lost on me. I was pumped up just like they were for every secret clue, every virtual battle, the solving of riddles and the like. The pacing moves along pretty quickly as our main character plays through a competition to unlock secrets within a virtual reality game before the evil corporation wins and ruins the game for everyone. I enjoyed its conclusion and left the story with a fond memory of the characters and their adventure. Top-notch job by the narrator.

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About Timothy C. Ward

Timothy C. Ward is a former Executive Producer for the Hugo Nominated podcast, Adventures in SciFi Publishing. His debut novel, Scavenger: Evolution, takes sand divers to a buried military base to discover the technology responsible for the apocalypse. Scavenger: Evolution is available in print and ebook and will be available in audiobook, Nov. 30. His next novel, a magical thriller set in the rift between Iowa and the Abyss, will release next spring through Evolved Publishing. His latest short story is in the time travel anthology, Masters of Time.

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