Ready Player One has captivated fans of both dystopian and sci-fi literature with its twisting, ominous maze of puzzles to solve.
Ernest Cline has created a convincing protagonist with a desire to escape reality, so it’s easy to relate to Wade. This addictive read can be enjoyed again and again.
But, if you’ve read this one a dozen times by now, and you’re feeling ready for something else, here are some alternative sci-fi novels to ensure you continue to turn page after page.
Fans of Ready Player One will love this because: It’s a cyberpunk sci-fi novel featuring a nail-biting race to the end.
Neuromancer is a fast-paced, page-turning, sci-fi debut for William Gibson. Case was once a data hacker at the top of his field, but now his nervous system is in tatters thanks to disgruntled previous employers. Given a second chance and a seemingly impossible mission, Case must now pull off the ultimate hack. Experience that heart pounding anticipation that’s been missing since the first time you read Ready Player One.
Fans of Ready Player One will love this because: It’s a seriously fast-paced read, set in a future world where computers rule all.
Daemon is a high-tech thriller novel from Daniel Suarez. When the obituary of Daemon’s creator, Matthew Sobol, is posted online, something stirs. A chain of events designed to destroy society and conquer the world is set in motion. With time hanging in the balance, intricate programming, and a faceless, nameless enemy, it’s up to one man to save humanity. Fans of Ready Player One will find it hard to put Daemon down.
Fans of Ready Player One will love this because: It's a techno-thriller novel set in the present day and promises tense page turning.
Reamde reminds us how easily we can become addicted to online gaming. With a desire to escape life and enter a fantasy world, this novel definitely echoes themes from Suarez’ Ready Player One. Neil Stephenson’s protagonist in Reamde, Richard Forthrast, finds himself at the centre of a virtual war as the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur dangerously.
Fans of Ready Player One will love this because: It’s a fast-paced sci-fi thriller brimming with action.
Insignia from the talented S.J. Kincaid is set in a fictitious World War III, a war being fought for control of the assets of our solar system. An unlikely hero, 14-year-old Tom Raines, could be the only salvation. With his virtual reality gaming skills, he has the ability to be the mastermind behind the human-operated battle drones. Will Tom triumph? This is not to be missed by fans of Ready Player One.
Fans of Ready Player One will love this because: Its protagonist, gaming enthusiast, Ender, believes he is playing computer-simulated war games, but is that really what’s going on?
From Orson Scott Card comes an addictive read, Ender's Game. Will the protagonist come to realise that he has been trained from a very young age through increasingly difficult simulation games? As the war with the “buggers” rages on, Ender's tactical genius is revealed. But is that enough?
Fans of Ready Player One will love this because: It’s a dystopian cyberpunk novel set in a near-futuristic American culture.
Feed by M.T. Anderson is set in a technology-obsessed, futuristic world where humans have an implant inserted in their brains. Imagine blogging, socialising and dating only a thought away from reality. This satirical novel shows us an imagined future that doesn’t seem too far-fetched.