Every Friday Scot Lit Fest shares what they’ve been reading in the past week.
The Art of Being Normal – Lisa Williamson (David Fickling Books)
Two boys. Two secrets. When he was younger, David’s class were asked to write what they wanted to be when they grew up. Some wanted to be Harry Potter, or have set professions – he wanted to be a girl.
The Art of Being Normal explores gender identity in high school. From the supportive close friends to being unable to tell others and the name he inherited from that class activity years back, it follows the good and bad of David’s life. You know when you finish a book and think, ‘This is important’? That’s what happens when reading this. On top of being well written and all the things that make a good book, this is important YA.
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline (Arrow)
2044, civilisation lives in extensive VR MMO world OASIS while reality crumbles around them. OASIS’ creator James Halliday died years ago and left an easter egg in the world promising eternal virtual life and riches to the one who completes the hunt. After years of no success, Wade Watts finds the first key and the perilous hunt begins.
A nostalgia fest for lovers of the 80s, Ready Player One is a love letter to geekery and pop culture. If you missed out on the 80s there’s still so much to take away from the book and Cline paints a terrifying utopian/dystopian world with a protagonist who exceeds his limitations with a sense of humour that keeps the story light. It’s a classic treasure hunt story, a formula you can’t go wrong with, and one hell of a ride.
So, what have you all been reading this week?