I'm not typically into biographies, especially about athletes. However, Finding Ultra was a great way to get into this kinds of books. This is an accoI'm not typically into biographies, especially about athletes. However, Finding Ultra was a great way to get into this kinds of books. This is an account of someone who was on the brink of losing it all, including himself, then decided to pick himself up and become even better than he thought he ever could be. It is easy to read. I could visualize his stories clearly in my head. The pace of the book was pretty good, but there were some parts that dragged on just a bit. I'm glad he made an appendix at the end, because if that information was in the actual book, I wouldn't have finished it most likely. I did skim through the appendix and he had some good health tips. This really is a good read about overcoming obstacles, perseverance, and enriching your life....more
This was a decent book. It does explore the corruption (to an extreme extent) that can/does happen when natural disasters occur. I was satisfied withThis was a decent book. It does explore the corruption (to an extreme extent) that can/does happen when natural disasters occur. I was satisfied with the ending and felt the characters got what they deserved. I was a little disappointed that the climax didn't last a little longer. It seemed rushed. ...more
This was such a fun and exciting book. This book takes place in the near future where the United State and whole world are pretty much in a big mess.This was such a fun and exciting book. This book takes place in the near future where the United State and whole world are pretty much in a big mess. 99% of the population lives in this virtual world call the OASIS. The OASIS reminds me of Second Life by magnified 48754854075947654 times. There was also a lot of resemblance with the Disney movie Wall-E. It just makes you think: How far away are we from this actually happening to us? Will we have super advanced technology this soon? We will embrace it? How will it change things? Do we want that to happen?
I really enjoyed the characters. I loved the characters' characters as well. This book was almost one big Catfish episode. Who are these people in real life? Are they the same or different than their online persona? That is so relevant in today's world. Even if you don't have a strong online presence, you still project only certain parts of your self on them. Which part of you are you allowing people to see? I think this shows the internet in a good light. The book still touched on the uncertainties of meeting and becoming friends online, but it was mostly a positive image. People who have never been online can also lie to you about who they are. I liked how the love story evolved and didn't take away from the focus of the book.
I also loved how meta this book was. It was so cool. I kind of hope some of the games in this book become a real thing. (The ones that were made up for this book.) They sounded so much fun. I'm not a gamer, but I would become one if I got to play some of these games.
All the 80s references just made me the happiest person ever. The preface (0000) and all its Heathers references made me laugh. It started reminding me of Twin Peaks and how weird it is. It was so great.
I also loved the little touches of detail the book had. For instance, Cline made sure you knew how to pronounce people's names. The way he did it was clever so it flowed with the story. The games were described well so you know what was going on. I really appreciated that.
Along with that, the world building was nice. You only knew so much if the real world, but it was enough. The OASIS on the other hand, is so complex. But you got a sense how how things worked. He did a very nice job of that.
I think this book would make an awesome movie or tv show. this book has become a favorite. I'm sure the movie or tv show would too.
If you like scifi, dystopian, adventure, and fun books, this is definitely the book for you. I was nervous about reading this book because I'm not a gamer, but that didn't even matter. So glad to have read this!