The novel Ready Player One from debut author Ernest Cline has already won the 2012 Alex Award and has just recently been selected for this year’s common reading at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In this letter to educators, Cline discusses his own personal identification with the story behind the book and why Ready Player One has managed to resonate so well with the college-aged audience in particular:
The reception my novel Ready Player One has received has been, quite simply, beyond any debut author’s wildest dreams. Much to my amazement, the book spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, showed up on several Best of 2011 lists, and is even in development as a big-budget movie with Warner Bros.
But the facet of Ready Player One’s success I’ve found the most surprising—and gratifying—is how much younger readers love the book. More precisely, they seem to be enjoying it not just as a big dumb adventure story. They’re actually thinking about the chewier issues Continue reading