Ready Player One

Ready Player OneReady Player One by Ernest Cline
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wade, a high school senior who lives in a poor trailer park neighborhood (in the future US) known as “the Stacks,” and spends his time in the OASIS, a massive multi-player online platform. Wade, under the avatar Parzival, is a Gunter — an “egg hunter” searching for James Haliday’s multi-billion dollar fortune. Haliday was an ’80s nerd, and so Wade plays every game, watches every show and movie, and listens to every song Haliday was into. As Wade and his two best friends, Aech and Art3mis become high scorers during the contest, their lives, real and simulated, are threatened by the Sixers, a corporate fleet plotting to overtake the OASIS. The story is funny, suspenseful, and very nerdy. Highly recommended!

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Defy the Stars

Defy the Stars (Constellation, #1)Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Defy the Stars” by Claudia Gray was the best YA Sci-Fi book I’ve read yet. It follows Abel, an Earth android with human intelligence stranded on a ship for 30 years during a war between Earth and a super-earth, Genesis. Noemi, a Genesis soldier, finds Abel’s ship. As the only human commander on the ship, Abel must follow Noemi’s orders and she commands him to help her destroy the wormhole linking Earth and Genesis. They take off for an adventure through the galaxy visiting various moons and planets, finding allies and enemies along the way. Highly recommended!

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