Is this what the library of the future will look like?
Kaite Stover, readers’ services manager, Kansas City Public Library, loves Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One (Crown).
Like most folks, I have a love-hate relationship with the technology in my life. I love my Smartphone, laptop, Facebook, and Skype. I’m not overly fond of GPS, email, Angry Birds, or Wii. But I come from a different generation that remembers days without that many electronic assistants. Turning it all off is probably easier for me than it is for the younger set, which is why I was completely absorbed by Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, a techno-suspense thriller that could appeal to many readers, including that most elusive of demographics—the teenage boy.
Ready Player One could have been a throwaway book of the moment, easily digested in one weekend when the cable went out and the Wi-Fi was on the fritz. Yet it has stayed with me. I’ve pitched this book to readers by focusing on different elements each time. When a novel gives a librarian as many options as Legend of Zelda as talking points, it has rightly earned some distinction.