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Spotlight: Ready Player One

 

Title: Ready Player One

Author: Ernest Cline

Genre: Adult Fiction, Science Fiction

Publication Info: Random House, 2011

Synopsis: The earth has been ruined and wasted by humans, but everyone can escape their dismal lives through OASIS, a virtual reality game created by James Halliday. After Halliday’s death, it is announced that should a player find Halliday’s egg hidden somewhere in the game, that player will inherit Halliday’s enormous fortune. Years in the future, when most have given up the search, the unlikely hero Wade Watts unlocks the first puzzle and is thrown into a fierce competition for the egg and his life.

This book is such a creative, fast-paced, and imaginative read! Cline wonderfully combines 80’s pop culture, nerdy references, and a science fiction world, and it’s impossible to not get drawn in from even the first chapter. Anyone interested in futuristic fiction (or anyone looking for a fun summer read) should check this book out.

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Spotlight: One More Thing

Title: One More Thing

Author: B. J. Novak

Genre: Adult Fiction

Publication Info: Knopf Books, 2014

Synopsis: In this collection of short stories, B. J. Novak — actor and writer for The Office — retells fables, alludes to celebrities and other authors shamelessly, and creates impossibly hilarious and meaningful situations that won’t let you stop reading.

I was drawn to this book because of my love for the television show, and I could not be more grateful for acting on my impulse. This book is a masterpiece of storytelling, wit, and emotion, filled with so much variety that on one page you may laugh uncontrollably and on the next be posed with philosophical questions you’ll puzzle over for hours. I seriously cannot express how much I enjoyed and love this book, and I highly recommend it.

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Spotlight: Cinder

Title: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) 

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Teen Futuristic/Romance

Publication Info: Feiwel & Friends, 2012

Synopsis: In this futuristic rendition of the fairy tale, Cinderella appears as Cinder, a cyborg mechanic who inadvertently is thrown in the middle of  dangerous plots after meeting the popular and handsome Prince Kai.

This, to me, is one of the most innovative and well-done fairy tale adaptations I have ever read. From the setting to the plot to the characters, this book was fantastic, and I recommend it (and its series) to everyone!

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