Ready Player One By Ernest Cline Independent Reading
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This is a picture of a dusty, dirty, neglected world. The picture shows stacks and stacks, as tall s sky scrapers, of RVs, train cars, and trailer homes stacked on top of eachother. They are unstable, and the only way to get up and down them is to climb. The world is aslo very dirty and dusty. 

This relates to Ready Player One, because it is a picture of where the poor people (most of the human race)  live, including Wade Watts, when he decids to go "home". These "Stacks" house several people, cramming several families into each TV, or Trailer Home. This is the real world the novel takes place, and where everyone escapes from to the OASIS. Wade describes the stacks, on pages 20-23. 

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Michaela's comment, May 28, 2013 10:23 AM
WOW! Hailey this is such a cool picture! It really relates to the book and I can really imagine the world we just read.
Marisa Helf's comment, May 30, 2013 4:41 PM
This is a really interesting picture and, even though I haven't read the book, after reading you're summary it really helped me to envision what the world is like in this book. Great choice!
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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline--Book Trailer

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest ...
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This is a video book trailer and it shows the videogame style that is present throughout the book with the old computers and vdeogames from the 80s. It describes the big contest in the book, that only one person can win. 

This video briefely explains how to win the contest; by finding three different keys, all of which open three different gates. The instructions are described more in detail in the book on pages 5-7. 

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Marisa Helf's comment, May 30, 2013 4:48 PM
Just like the above picture, this video really helped me to envision the concept of the book. Like the use of imagery as a rhetorical device, this video literally provides images that increadse the understanding of the book. Excellent find!
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Reamde

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Four decades ago, Richard Forthrast, the black sheep of an Iowa family, fled to a wild and lonely mountainous corner of British Columbia ...
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This source is about a book called Reamde by Neal Stephenson. Reamde is another thrillertechno novel but based in the present day. Readers that enjoyed Ready Player One, aslo enjoyed Reamde. 

They are similar in the ways that they both have to do with videogames. In Reamde the main character becomes addicted to an online fantasy game in which opposing factions battle for power and treasure in a vast cyber realm and an online role-playing game. In both Reamde and Ready Player One line between the virtual world and reality becomes blurred. The dangers of the virtual world coming into reality are shown in pages 118-119 of Ready Player One, showing what would happen if Wade's virtual identity (Parzival) was leaked out into the real world. 

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Marisa Helf's comment, May 30, 2013 4:43 PM
The diction in this paragraph is fabulous and you're comment about reality becoming "blurred" really spoke to me. You did an excellent job stating the differences and then the similarities between the books
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Ready Player One

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It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending hi...
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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is based in the year 2044, and the world is in a never ending economic depression, suffering form an energy crisis, and poverty. Main character Wade Watts (or by his avatar name Parzival) is poor and practically homeless. Like everyone else he escapes the poor world by spending all his time in the OASIS, the giant virtual utopia that has everything, it's even where he goes to school. The OASIS was origionally the world largest and best online multiplayer videogame. Now it's turned into everything, but most importantly it's the biggest videogame contest ever, the winning prize almost three billion dollars. And after five years of no one discovering anything, Wade's name appears at the top of the scoreboard. Throughout the novel Wade tells us exactly how he won the biggest, hardest online contest in history. 

 

I really enjoyed Ready Player One, it was very intersting to read and to ponder over if the things in this book will ever be possible. This book would have better though if I personally was more into videogames and more informed on movies, videogames, comicbooks and music, especially from the 7os and 80s, then I would have understood the book better. I did learn more about videogames though, and the 70s and 80s as I read Ready Player One. 

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Marisa Helf's comment, May 30, 2013 4:39 PM
I admire you're honesty in youre critique of the book because it lets me know that I might not necessarily be that interested in it due to it's main theme. However, the concept did sound interesting and I might check it out in the future! Thanks!