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Book Review | Ready Player One

Title: Ready Player One

Author: Ernest Cline

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Synopsis  

12600138In 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.

 

Guys this is one book I would recommend for everyone to read just because of how unique it is. Ready Player One is seriously unlike anything I have ever read before.

First off, the world building is absolutely incredible. The virtual reality is portrayed so it’s easy for readers to imagine and often i found myself getting lost and absolutely immersed in the novel. Although, it did get too technical at times which was a bit difficult to follow considering I’m not a video game freak.

Ready Player One is a beautiful beautiful tribute to ’80s pop culture. To be honest, I wasn’t around in that era and I’m not too educated on it either. However, the things mentioned in the book seem so thoroughly researched and I came out learning that much more about the ’80s!

The author writes in a very informational, straight to the point kind of way which is required for this kind of novel. However, every character seems to have their own distinct voices in my head so it seems like the author has done an amazing job at character development along with everything else.

I feel like the author has used this whole book as a metaphor for so many universal themes such as good vs evil, escapism and the hunger for power and the measures people are willing to take in order to attain it. And that, I think, is what makes this book so much more than just about video games and pop culture.

Rating

5

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Book review: The Infinite Sea

Author: Rick Yancey16131484

Pages: 300

Genre: Young adult-science fiction

WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS

Summary:

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

The prequel, the fifth wave was absolutely mind blowing- it was thrilling, graphic and action packed. Much like the prequel The infinite sea also contained the same thrill and adrenaline however, it was turned down a notch making it a step down from the previous book. Now, I’m not bashing the book, believe me it was a good sequel but for some odd reason I didn’t achieve the same satisfaction from this book as I did from its predecessor.

In terms of progress, this book seemed to drag because of the fact that the characters weren’t travelling as much. This did constitute to less action and more dialogue between the characters. The serious but humorous discussion happening between the characters throughout this book added personality and depth to the characters.

My favorite character would have to be Ben, he seems so genuine and honest. I also like the fact that he can make light of any situation while taking control of everyone as well.

I cannot get over Rick Yancey’s writing. Sure, this is a sci-fi thriller but he adds that little poetic twist to it making it melancholic and flowing. There were a LOT of metaphor in The infinite Sea and I love metapors! much because of the fact that everyone interprets them differently and it’s interesting to discover everyones take on what the author is trying to imply.

The Infinite Sea travelled more deeply into the reason why the aliens are invading Earth, a question I hadn’t thought about much. I have a theory but I’m not sure whether anyone would be interested in reading it, let me know?

The ending left me a little confused, I mean are Teacup and Razor dead or what? And where is Ringer gonna go? so many questions! I guess I’ll just wait one more year until The End releases.

Rating

3

 

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Cress- Review

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By: Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 550 pages

Summary:

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard. 

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

Note: This review is spoiler free and is intended for people who haven’t read Cress or The Lunar Chronicles yet. Sorry if the summary gave too much away.

Ok One important thing before I start. If you haven’t read this series or this book I highly recommend it as it is perfection I am not even exaggerating!

As you may have guessed the book is a fairy tale re telling of Rapunzel. The first book Cinder is based on Cinderella and is about a cyborg mechanic called Cinder who happens to be our main character. The second book Scarlet tells the story of Little Red Riding Hood and then there is Cress. These are companion novels so Cinder and Scarlet the previously mentioned characters do appear throughout Cress.

Characters

To begin with let us discuss the characters. I found the main character Cress to be adorable yet irritating at times. Her emotions compliment the story considerably well however her actions are questionable. Cress’ reactions to certain things would have annoyed me if a person in reality were to react the same way however her responses were justifiable because of her situation and what she has been through in life. The romance between Cress and her love interest are adorable to say the least and towards the start of the book I wished everything would work out but I realized later on that people just don’t fall in love like that it comes through time and the realness of their situation is what made it so perfect and I could totally relate to Cress.

I specifically enjoyed Cinder’s character development as she battled to come to terms with who she really was. How Cinder went through different emotions such as doubting herself or believing that she could make a change just felt so real ,which is one of the many things which made this book into a phenomena.

The characters in this book all have a range of different personalities and traits but at the same time they seem to fit together and complement each other making it so much better

 Plot

I personally found that it was highly difficult to stop reading Cress. The plot was remarkably gripping and it would just make me eager to keep reading more and more to find out what was going to happen next. It was a real page turner. The pacing of the book was slow at times which wasn’t such a bad thing as it suited the setting that the characters were placed in.

This book spans across several different POVs and settings so one moment I was in a desert and another I was on the moon and the world building in this book is done so tremendously well oh!  Even after 3 books I can’t get over how beautifully the futuristic world is portrayed in The Lunar Chronicles.

Another thing I found interesting was how everything was so together I mean the story was all over the place and yet there were connections and the author did a great job of not confusing the reader even though I was in so many places over the course of 550 pages.

Writing

Marissa Meyer you genius! The dialogue in this book was fantastic. The conversations felt realistic and there was humour in them making Cress a fun entertaining read. I especially loved the romantic scenes in the book as I was honestly giggling the whole time and falling more in love with this book.

In conclusion, if you haven’t read Cress or the Lunar Chronicles you are missing out a great deal! These books are so fun and I would recommend them to any young adult/science fiction fan out there.

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Book review- 1984

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By: George Orwell

Genre: Dystopia/Utopia, Political fiction, social science fiction

Pages: 335

1984 by George Orwell is undoubtedly a very powerful and well disturbing read. The terrifying world that the book centers around will leave chills down your spine.

Summary: In the year 1984 Winston Smith lives in a world where there is an eternal war under Big Brother: an overly controlling government who sees and controls everything and everyone. Winston finds Big Brother oppressive and decides to rebel by doing things like writing in a journal and being in love with a girl called Julia. 1984 takes you through Winston’s journey of finding his individuality and leaves you really thinking about the world we live in today..

The book is divided into three parts and not much action occurs until we get into part two. Part one was so bland that the first time I read it I decided to give up on the book. Although I am glad I picked it up again because trust me it may be a little hard to get into at first but  once you progress into part two you’ll be hooked! 

One of things that awed me the most about 1984 was the world building. George Orwell creates such a frightening society where you’re constantly been watched and controlled by the government. The concept of “doublethink” blew my mind! the idea of always having to change your beliefs and manipulate your consciousness in order to satisfy Big Brother left a very powerful impact on me. 

The characters were very hard to empathize with. Especially in part one I just couldn’t connect with Winston and later on with Julia also I was not able to link with her feelings. However, towards the end of the book Winston’s character came off so powerful and I felt the pain and the terror and I shared all the frustration with him. I felt like I also started connecting with Winston when we got some of the insights in his past and to know his family along with the relationship he had with his wife. After giving this much thought I have come to the conclusion that maybe the characters were just there as objects to introduce us to this world.

The most terrifying part of the book and also some what my favorite was the realization that the world of 1984 isn’t very different to the world we live in now. I became conscious of this fact while I was reading the excerpts from Goldstein’s book which made me wish there were more excerpts as it made things so much clearer for me. Another powerful yet depressing thing about the book was the motive of the government to make the world into a dull place with no laughter, no art, no freedom to think or create and basically turn its citizens into zombies. 

Overall, 1984 was a rather peculiar read from my perspective. George Orwell is such a convincing writer and his use of language in this book is so strong and thought-provoking which just makes the book all the more amazing. The world building in 1984 and how the author examines it from all aspects along with its feelings of despair make it a very scary yet powerful read. 

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