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Ready Player One

Ready Player One

It's been five years since Ready Player One swept through the book world, and the movie is landing this weekend. Virtual reality, gaming geekery, and 80's pop culture combined to make this book an instant classic for science fiction fans. Readers have been speculating if (and how) the movie will incorporate anywhere near the 350+ pop culture references from the book. Will the movie live up the hype? Depending on how the movie resonates with audiences, you may be pumped or disappointed-- and find yourself looking for more books with the feel of RPO.


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Armada by Ernest Cline

If you want an underdog hero and more pop culture references, this book is for you. Cline's follow-up book to Ready Player One introduces a teenager named Zack Lightman who works in a video game shop. Turns out aliens are real and then he basically lives the combined plots of The Last Starfighter, Flight of the Navigator, Star Wars, and Ender's Game.

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Artemis by Andy Weir

If an irreverent protagonist fighting against the man is more your speed, try this one from the author of The Martian. Smuggler Jazz Bashara lives on the moon and gets swept up in a conspiracy to control the base. Cline and Weir both write smart characters and like to educate their audiences with technical explanations and scientific back story.

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown

If epic fights and surprising twists are where it's at for you, read this title. Darrow is a member of the lowest caste system on Mars and overcomes incredible odds to put himself in a position to challenge the elite Golds. You'll be reminded of Parzival outwitting the Sixers.

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What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

If you loved the Ready Player One audiobook read by Wil Wheaton from Star Trek and just want to hear more of his voice, he narrates this one, too.


Emily Williams

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I was born in the Boston area, but have lived in Oklahoma for over 20 years. I attended Oklahoma State University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and then studied at the University of Oklahoma to get my Masters in Library and Information Studies. My husband and I adopted a retired racing greyhound who is actually super lazy. I paint pet portraits, read comic books, love hiking, and watch a lot of sci-fi television.

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