Ready Player One (Discussion)

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I was addicted to Ready Player One! There were definitely parts that I skimmed because I’m not quite nerdy enough to care about specifics, but as a whole, I loved it.  Did you get a chance to read it? I gave it a 5/5 stars. I’ve got 3 questions below, and Lisa’s got 3 as well over on her blog. Feel free to discuss any or all of the questions in the comment section or link-up your post at the bottom. Lisa and I are sharing the same link-up, so you don’t have to enter on both blogs. The linky will close in a week. Alright, let’s get started!

Ready Player One

I loved the connection I had with the main character, Wade (aka Parzival). I could totally connect with him even though I’m not a teenage gamer who lives in a VR world. I listened to a portion of Ready Player One on audio and was disappointed by Wil Wheaton’s interpretation of Wade’s character. My guess is that Wil and Ernest are friends, based on Wil’s name coming up several times in the book. Don’t get me wrong, I like Wil, just not his reading of this story, which greatly disappointed me. 

And now, for the discussion. Before I begin, I’ll remind you that there may be spoilers ahead. Also, feel free to use my questions as jumping points. Ask your own questions and start your own discussions.

Ready Player One Book Club

1.  How long until this type of VR system is available to our society? Would you be interested in creating an avatar? I believe this type of VR is not more than 10 years out. I would definitely make an avatar. I love the Sims games and feel I would enjoy playing in the OASIS. I would have to make some kind of time limit setting on my avatar to make sure I didn’t waste away in the OASIS like so many of the people in Ready Player One.

 

2. Which was your favorite gate and how would you do at passing any of the gates? I liked the final gate of him role playing Monty Python with his friends on commlink. Although I’m not a Monty Python fan, I loved his excitement in acting out his favorite movie. I envision Halliday programing this as his final gate, knowing how much fun the gunters would have acting out this iconic film and leaving in the ability to communicate with others throughout the challenge. I would be horrible at all of the gates. I’ve never played Joust or seen the movies he rollplayed.

3. Were you happy with the ending? Do you think Aech, Artim3s, Shoto and Parzival will remain friends in the real world or result to life in the OASIS? I was extremely happy with the end. I love that Sorento was arrested and have faith that he will be put behind bars. Knowing that Artim3s and Parzival met and have started a relationship outside of the OASIS makes me the happiest. In my ‘after the book’ dreams, all four of them hang out outside of the OASIS to work on Art3mis’s plan of ending world hunger.

Now, it’s your turn! Answer any or all of the questions in the comment section below. Ask questions of your own. Or, link-up a blog post with your review and/or the answers to these questions. Also be sure to check out Lisa’s discussion questions on her blog. We’re sharing the same linky, so no need to link-up on both blogs.

Remember, our July selection is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I read this book and have seen the movie twice. That’s how much I like this book! Please, join us. We’ll be discussing Perks on July 31st.

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5 thoughts on “Ready Player One (Discussion)

    1. Haha! We always love the same books! I’ll bet it was a bit of a trip down memory lane with the 80s references! I wish there was a similar book with 90s references! I hope you had an awesome Holiday weekend Stacey!

  1. Rare that you have 5/5 stars! I loved it too. Sad place earth had become. I felt sorry for them. But loved all the characters. (1) this type of gaming might already be available, in a simple manner, not with the rigs & stuff. I won’t create an avatar because I’m not into gaming but who knows. If the world is that ugly, I might. (2) the gates were surprising & fun. I’ve played Joust before but didn’t know all the secrets. I would have failed. I thought the last gate was perfect. That’s a great movie. (3) I also dream of them saving the world & living outside the Oasis.
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    1. Haha I know! I’m so stingy with my 5star ratings! There are VR games but not near as in depth as in this story. I love that you’ve played Joust!!! I’m glad we had the same hopes for them after the story. 🙂 We’re softies.

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