Ready Player One Review

Ernest Cline, Ready Player One.

Not strictly academic, I know, but this gets a mention just for being so fantastic.  I hadn’t read a proper fiction book in a long time and wanted a distraction now that I’ve got more spare time.  This book was so gripping I finished it within two days.  Needless to say I don’t know what to do with myself now it’s over.

There’ll be no spoilers, don’t worry!

The reason it’s not ‘strictly’ academic is because it highlights some interesting themes – and so is not totally out of place on this blog.  These include:

  • The idea of dreams within dreams, or games within games within games.
  • The nature of reality, in a general sense. .
  • Whether or not it matters that we are not ‘directly’ experiencing X, Y or Z. Plus, do certain types of experience have more value than others?
  • The dangers of a society so immersed in an online world.


This is just a short article, and that’s deliberate.  Hopefully YOU will develop a discussion of these points down in the comments.  Regardless of whether or not you’ve read the book.  (But if you haven’t already … read it!).



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