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Fun read, good young adult post-apocalyptic sci-fi
on June 5, 2018
I was expecting a classic post-apocalyptic sci-fi book, and I was surprised by how young-adult the book is. I also had a lot of trouble connecting with the main character. He's very immature and can be disrespectful sometimes. He was set out to be a pretty cool character: a chubby awkward kid that has nothing to show for in real life, finds his true purpose and passion in an epic quest to find Halliday's egg. He has a tough life, and the quest is the only thing that gives his life meaning but it doesn't give him the right to be a jerk any time he gets a chance. He'll show off his knowledge and won't hesitate to call an idiot anyone who doesn't know as much as he does. This is such a terrible message: knowledge does not equal intelligence, creativity, or innovative thinking. Also, they spend so much time building-up on how hard it is to solve the quest, and when they finally do find the answer it just seems stupid and anti-climactic. That being said, I really enjoyed the universe portrayed in this book. Ernest Cline had some really cool ideas for a futuristic society and futuristic technologies. The story is definitely entertaining and well delivered, I was just surprised by how childish the characters in this book are. I guess I was just expecting something else. If you're looking for a fun read in the young adult genre I would definitely recommend this book.