Book review: Ready Player One

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BAMMMM!! instantly alert by the humongous ear-deafening crash, I look up, and the first thing I see is RED. Red on the walls, red on the celling, red on the bed, and red on the book in my hand I just read. My head is jumping, racing, walloping, all together swallowing (not literally) me in the craziness it is now trying to hold. Slowly, slowly, I move my hand up. Up to my shoulder, neck, ear, hair. When I pull back, it is covered in warm, sticky blood. Before I lose it, I look down one more time to the book on my lap that just blew my mind.

P.s Dear Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, I love you very dearly, and please know I don’t hold any grudge in the slightest for you blowing up my mind in to a gazillion tiny pieces.

Hello, Bookworms

Today I am going to review a very special book, as you may or may not just have read. After a few weeks of letting the story sink in and duct taping my mind back together, my opinion remains the same, Ready Player One is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It is right up with The Knife of Never Letting Go,  Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda and even Harry Potter *gasp*. Keep reading if you want to know why, (haha lol, just joking, this is going to be a huge heap of fangirling mess. )

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Let’s start with my favorite aspect about this book THE WORLDBUILDING! This book sets place in two worlds, the ‘real world’, the one where you and me live, only set in 2044 (and slightly more shitty). And ‘The Oasis’,  a computer generated dream world  a huge videogame, database, chatroom, e-reader, school, workspace, and simulation, in one. Basically it’s the entire world and (from a readers perspective) amazing. You can log into the Oasis using your haptic gloves and visor, so it is a kind of virtual reality, I can’t describe it any better than this (tip: read the book to know more). The detail put in to The Oasis is mind-blowing (see above), it is at the level of Harry Potter, and also the reason why I adore both the books so much. But no worries, even though you do not get to see much of the ‘real world’, it feels very alive and 3-D too. And because it is set in 2044 you can recognize issues and stuff that play in the world today whilst it’s still new.

(This is the point where I realized this book review was going to be huge, so if you don’t to keep reading (but please do), you can scroll to the end where I convince you to read this book.)

There were only two things I found a little less about the book and those are both the romance aspects and all the pop culture references to the eighties. Both the Romance plots were relatively small and slightly cheesy, and not so fleshed out as the rest of the book. And don’t get me wrong, I love pop culture, and I have nothing against the eighties. but the thing is that I wasn’t around back then so I didn’t get all the, rather frequent, references.

This is the point where I could go on (and on and on and on) about the amazeballzz characters and their relations, the thoughtful paragraphs about how important your appearance actually is, the perfect pacing, the suspense and plot without being too ‘plotty’ (if you get what I mean), the overall funniness, and the best ‘last battle’ EVER. But this book review already is huge, and to avoid it being even bigger, I am going to stop (but if you’d like to read it I’d be happy to post a second, more detailed review). I am going to give this book 5 stars (duh),  buy this book and read it (and if you haven’t got the money rob a bank). It is worth it, believe me, I am saying this after scrubbing pieces of my own brain and blood from the walls.

Bye, Sophie

P.s Do you like my new style of reviewing books? Let me know in the comments!

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Monthly Must: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

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Hello, bookworms

Welcome to the second edition of ‘Monthly Must’, where I recommend a book I love every first day of the month. For August I am going to recommend Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, a book I recently read (and loved so much I had to reread it the next day). I don’t really know how describe this book whilst making it sound as awesome as it is, and I don’t really like the blurb or the Goodreads description. But I will just put both in anyway and some praise. (To get a good feel of this book, you really have to read the first two chapters. They are quite amazing and explain good what is going on and give a hint at what is to come.)

The Blurb:

Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is – and what he’s looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of  complicated. Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal …

The Goodreads description:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Praise:

“Albertalli paints a stunningly three-dimensional, cliche-free world for Simon that bursts with unforgettable characters. Savor it, because you’ll read it for the first time only once. Worthy of Fault in Our Stars-level obsession.” Entertainment Weekly

“Delightfully funny and at times heart-wrenching. Readers will ache for Simon’s awkwardness, cheer his small triumphs, but, most of all, fall in love with this kid and with this remarkable gift of a novel.” Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle

“The love child of John Green and Rainbow Rowell’ Teen Vogue

“I take a sip of my beer, and it’s – I mean, it’s just astonishingly disgusting. I don’t think I was expecting it to taste like ice cream, but holy fucking hell. People lie and get fake IDs and sneak into bars, and for this? I honestly think I’d rather make out with Bieber. The dog. Or Justin.”

I decided to buy this book for my trip to Malaysia after wanting it for quite a long time. In spite of the not-so-special cover and the title which I (even after reading the book) don’t get. What did get me exited were the amazing reviews on Goodreads, and the general prospect of the book.

All the characters, even the supporting ones you don’t know as much about, feel like they were walking around on earth one day and then accidentally fell into the book. Most of them are very likable and make you wish they are real, and the less obviously likable ones leave you with complicated feelings towards them, which is good. I think people their opinions of them will vary, what will start quite a few interesting conversations.

The plot is great, never slow, and you won’t be able to put the book down. The subplots are very good too.

In this book there is an email exchange between Simon and Blue. The emails are easily my favorite part of the book, they made me giggle, chuckle, snort and fall in love with Simon and Blue as they were falling in love with each other. Even though I guessed who Blue was quite early on in the story, it didn’t make it any less exiting or fun, and ‘The Big Reveal’ might be my favorite paragraph of all time.

This book is honestly the best book I have read in the romance genre. It is cute and fluffy and light and will leave you thinking about Simon and Blue long after it has ended.

There’s this pause. We’re still looking at each other. And there’s this feeling in my stomach like a coil pulled taut. “It’s you,” I say. 

You can buy this book here: http://www.amazon.com/Simon-vs-Homo-Sapiens-Agenda/dp/0062348671

Or here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/simon-vs-the-homo-sapiens-agenda-becky-albertalli/1119908802