Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Independent Reading
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Author Ernest Cline talks about "Ready Player One"

One reviewer described the book as "Tron meets Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - loaded with cool 80s references." That's a pretty good description - but t...
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This video is an in-depth description of the novel "Ready Player One" by the author himself, Ernest Cline.  The interviewer describes the book as one that would readily intrigue readers who enjoy the wonders of the 80s. Also both people describe the book as having certain qualities pertaining to "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" along with the fact that it is a very geeky book.

 

The majority of the video references the importance of the 80s and how it influenced his writing and the plot within the book.  In the book, mainly in the beginning pages, Cline writes how Halliday has used the 80s as a very importance influence on his creation of the OASIS and the contest.  These references will ultimately help Wade discover ways to unlock gates, collect keys, and ultimately win the prize.

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Wool Omnibus (Wool, #1-5)

Wool Omnibus (Wool, #1-5) | Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Independent Reading | Scoop.it
This Omnibus Edition collects the five Wool books into a single volume. It is for those who arrived late to the party and who wish to sav...
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This source is one that describes a summary of the book "Wool Omnibus" by Hugh Howey.  The story is a dystopian one, set in a Orwellian place. It revolves around the main character, Holston.  What follows is a rich story of human lives, people living in a world, a culture, with a set of beliefs and traditions that seem both to bind them and drive them apart. It’s an intelligent story and, for the sake of no spoilers, suffice to say that Holden is going to make a choice and, over the course of that story, have to live with that decision as it plays out in many ways. It’s fundamental storytelling technique. "Wool" is the first story in a series of five books.

 

"Wool Omnibus" and "Ready Player One" both has many qualities in common.  Both of these stories focus on the theme of a dystopian world, one where futurstic ideals rule the lives of everyone. They both also revolve around the idea of survival.  While in "Ready Player One" the survival aspect was Wade (in his virtual life) in the OASIS trying to reach the prize, in "Wool" it is Holston (in his real life) trying to stay alive.

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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 trailer of the book "Ready Player One".  This video shows the video game style that influences the theme of the book that is present throughout the book with all the old computers and videogames from the 80s.  This trailer describes the big contest that is the major conflict and gives the book a plot.

 

This video briefly explains how to win the contest by finding three different keys, all of which open three different gates.   By gaining access to the gates, this person will ultimately reach the Easter egg and Halliday's billions left to be inherited. These instructions are described more in detail on pages 5-7 in the actual book.

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Michelle's comment, May 28, 2013 10:18 AM
This seems like a good video that will help you get the feeling of the book. Maybe you could use a little more detail on it and connection to the book.
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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" is a novel that follows an 18 year old boy named Wade Watts and his story of winning the contest. This dystopian book sets the scene in New York in the year 2044.  Living his whole life with his aunt in the "stacks", Wade dreams of breaking out of the life of poverty, so when the entire world hears about the contest, Wade begins to feel hope.  Created by a man named James Halliday, the contest was made so that the winner (whoever could find the Easter egg hidden somewhere inside the OASIS) would inherit the billions of dollars that Halliday left behind. In order to get the egg, a player needs to find three keys that unlock three gates.  Morphing into his avatar Parzival, Wade quickly enters the OASIS where he meets many other characters including one named Art3mis. This is a story of an underdog, one seeking to break free of a life of being poor; a story of triumph, love, and video games.

 

I personally liked the novel "Ready Player One".  I found that when I was reading the story it moved at a pace that kept me interested and wanting to know more. Although I am not one who plays video games, I thought the undertone of an underdog story kept a connection to the reader and I liked that there was that romantic aspect.  Overall, I say that Cline did a wonderful job creating a futurstic, sci-fi-romance, suitable for boys or girls of any age.

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Michelle's comment, May 28, 2013 10:22 AM
Good summary sounds like and interesting book! and good recommendation