Guest Post by Anna Jensen of Bee Cave Public Library
Where to start with these! Both of these novels deal with a dystopian future where society is ruled by a whole different set of rules.
Without rehashing too much of the plot, Ready Player One deals with the vast majority of the population escaping into a virtual world to escape the harsh realities of the real world. And with the introduction of a fabulous prize reward, the popularity of the virtual world only grows.
Unwind is a bit more serious in tone, despite being classed as a YA novel, in which parents can chose to have their children “unwound” or essentially have all of their organs and body parts forcibly donated to a society where it has been decided that this is the best way to cure all that ails the population.
In the interest of honesty, I fully came into this challenge expecting to like Unwind better. The plot was far more appealing to me, as I thought Ready Player One was a bit too into the realm of science fiction for me. Yes, yes, I know genre discrimination is bad, but…
Anyhow, Ready Player One really surprised me. I found it an incredibly readable book. I loved the writing style. Which is where Unwind fell short for me. Although I was very interested in the plot of Unwind, the writing style really caused me to struggle through it. The different point of views should have been very engaging, but just ended up bogging me down. Whereas the tone in Ready Player One caused the book to zip along despite being initially less interested plot-wise.
Both novels are disturbing in their own right. Ready Player One deals with the terrible lengths people will go for money in a crumbling world. Unwind, despite being YA, deals the very heavy topic of the terrible and detrimental things people are willing to do to each other in the effort to prolong the health of those that can afford it.
In the end, simply due to sheer readability I had to choose Ready Player One. I surprised myself by genuinely enjoying and connecting with the characters whereas I really had to struggle to read and finish Unwind and relate to the characters. If there was a sequel to Ready Player One that detailed the lives of the characters, I think I would actually want to read it. Whereas there are two sequels to Unwind but I'm definately going to take a pass.