Ready Player One is an absolutely fascinating and totally immersive world--nearly as consuming as the OASIS universe that the story's characters inhabReady Player One is an absolutely fascinating and totally immersive world--nearly as consuming as the OASIS universe that the story's characters inhabit for most of their waking hours. Cline paints a world that has retreated into a virtual world and left reality to rot around them. The contrasting realities are both tantalizing and horrifying at once. The narrative raises good questions about how much we rely on online escapes for fulfillment and how those escapes can have both positive and negative results.
Readers with penchant for 80s pop culture (or who grew up in the 80s, like myself) will find all kinds of delightful references to everything from music to movies to video games to breakfast cereal. Seriously. The author thought of everything. I was highly impressed with the enormous variety of obscure facts, dates, figures, and other minutia that was explored as the characters worked to solve the ultimate puzzle game in the OASIS.
For anyone who has lived a life online or found themselves developing real, honestly meaningful relationships with people they have never met in person, Ready Player One is going to strike a chord deep in your heart. There is something supremely wonderful about these kinds of relationships, yet they are still so fragile in "real life." It's a beautiful complexity that cannot really be explained. But Cline gets pretty darn close here in this novel.
Puzzle lovers and gamers of all sorts will find an incredible journey in these pages as well. The ultimate game set before the Gunters is as intricate and amazingly unique as one could possibly imagine. Every time you think you've come to the end of the rabbit hole, it only proves to go ever deeper.
Thoroughly enjoyed this one as an audiobook read by Wil Wheaton, one of the biggest geeks of our time. (view spoiler)[And the fact that Star Trek: TNG and Wil Wheaton himself are both referenced in the story add some serious charm to his performance. (hide spoiler)] Ready Player One is one of the rare books that I plan on returning to for a second read. The world is just too good to take in only once....more
Precisely Terminated is a multi-faceted story set in an intriguing societal structure that is explored through experiences rather than explained in exPrecisely Terminated is a multi-faceted story set in an intriguing societal structure that is explored through experiences rather than explained in exposition. Miss Davis has weaved the plotlines very nicely throughout the pace of the pages.
High, meaningful action drives Monica, the main character, from one location and task to the next, all the while, sending the reader through dark slave tunnels, unknown doors, and on a journey toward Monica's self-realization. She is believable as an unwilling savior, caught in a place where she is unsure who she is anymore. Her behavior is occasionally irrational, but for a person under duress her entire life, it is understandable to have lapses; this only adds to her authenticity.
While Precisely Terminated begins with a rather depressing outset, the opening events do a fantastic job of establishing the horrors of this dystopian world. Miss Davis paints Monica's daily life and her limited universe as an extremely rich, raw, and layered series of circumstances, detailed places, and people steeped in emotional depth.
Numerous secondary characters we meet all serve a specific purpose, if only to example how vast these cities are. Miss Davis holds nothing back in showing the intensity of each slave's will to survive and how futile it can sometimes be.
The final chapters of Precisely Terminated rise to an exhilarating climax in a rare tempo that beguiles the reader but does not exhaust him. The story's finale is such that the story is fully completed, yet wide open for the sequel. I cannot wait for Miss Davis' next book, Noble Imposter....more