What are the best books with a video games and virtual reality theme?

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    #1Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    Ready Player One is a science fiction and dystopian novel by Ernest Cline published in 2011. It is about Wade Watts' search for an Easter egg hidden inside a virtual reality game world. It has a film adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg.

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    Olivia McCoy
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Eureka! I finally found one: an audiobook that I loved. I mean what 80’s baby wouldn’t appreciate an audiobook narrated by Wil Wheaton loaded with 80’s pop culture references to boot? Fun Fact: my favorite Wil Wheaton movie is Toy Soldiers. I will admit that when I first read the synopsis of this book I didn’t think it was my jam. My best friend convinced me otherwise and boy was she right! I loved it! Like really loved it. I am not sure if I would have felt the same way reading the book versus listening; I think since I enjoyed the narration that I was more engaged. Either way I now can’t wait for the movie coming out in March. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is about a highly introverted billionaire, James Halliday, whom leaves his fortune and control of his company to one lucky winner of a treasure hunt he has created inside the virtual reality environment (the Oasis) that he has also created (Wow, realized I wrote a sentence that could easily become some sort of tongue twister). Halliday loves the 80’s: its music, movies and video games…if you don’t, well then you probably would not have had a chance at winning the prize (and would not enjoy this book/audiobook as much)"
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    #2Neuromancer

    Neuromancer

    Neuromancer is science fiction book written by William Gibson. Published on July 1, 1984 by Ace Books, Neuromancer is an award-winning book following the adventures of Case in a dangerous digital world.

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    Edward Mendez
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is an absolute classic. It's one of the founding books in virtual reality culture. It's an absolute must read. "
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    #3Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)

    Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
    Ender's Game is the first book in The Ender Quintet series by Orson Scott Card which has won the Hugo and Nebula awards. This science fiction novel centers on Ender being trained in military and combat to prepare against an alien attack. 
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    Juan Uribe
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I really like the sci-fi aspects of this story. a great read for all ages."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that Ready Player One is a movie with loads of pop-culture references? Moviegoers from the older generation will surely find the movie amusing and nostalgic. The movie is loaded with different elements from Jurassic Park to Star Wars. Ready Player One is produced and directed by Steven Spielberg. It features Tye Sheridan of the X-men film series and English actress Olivia Cooke. The film serves as a crossroad between the past and the future. Spielberg has utilized the virtual-reality heavy plot of the movie very well. Loads of elements of his past work and other hit movies can be identified when watching the film. Spielberg has allowed viewers to relive some iconic elements through the film. These elements include the DeLorean time machine from 1865’s Back to the Future (which Spielberg produced). It also includes the T-rex from the Jurassic Park movies and the killer-doll Chucky from Child’s Play. R2-D2 from Star Wars also makes an appearance, among many others.

The virtual reality and video game element of the film are what makes it really interesting. The movie gives a very visually-appealing adaptation to Ernest Cline’s 2011 book. No one probably thought that a virtual reality book would be adapted so well on the big screen, that people really find where to watch Ready Player One. Spielberg has recreated a simple book about a virtual reality game to fit moviegoer's taste. Everyone can be in for a treat and watch Ready Player One online through different platforms available. 

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    #4Daemon

    Daemon

    Daemon is the first book in the science fiction series Daemon written by Daniel Suarez which centers on the world following the death of legendary computer gamer designer Matthew Sobol.  

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    Sandra McDonald
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This book satisfies the craving for a tech theme, but falls short of being about video games or virtual reality. Daemon is more cyberpunk and hacker-themed with notes of Skynet than it is a Ready-Player-One-esque adventure into the virtual world. It's a good book, but it's not what I was searching for."
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    #5Armada

    Armada

    Armada is a science fiction novel written by Ernest Cline which centers on Zack Lightman who witnesses a flying saucer, in which gamers happen to believe it protects the earth from alien invaders. 

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    Julie Palmer
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Wow, was this a rockin' book! I can't wait for the movie. I'm not a real sci-fi fan, but I really enjoy this author and will read anything he writes. One of the things I find hard about many books in this genre is the assumption that the reader has a certain depth of scientific knowledge or understands weapons and rocketry. Although there is technical data throughout the book, it is written in a way that those of us who aren't rocket scientists can follow and enjoy. Thanks, Ernest!"
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    #6AlterWorld (Play to Live)

    AlterWorld (Play to Live)
    AlterWorld is the first book in D. Rus' audiobook series Play to Live. This has been number one bestseller in Rusia from 2013 to 2015, as well as at Audible in 2016. This is also available in other four translations.
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    Adam Wilson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "If you love video games, you wI'll love this book!"
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    #7Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy)

    Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy)

    Oryx and Crake is a speculative fiction novel by Margaret Atwood, the award-winning author of The Handmaid's Tale. Oryx and Crake follows the life of Snowman, his friend Crake, and Oryx, the woman they both love.

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    Vivian Long
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book is a must read! It simply can't be beat. You won't be dissapointed. There is nothing better than taking a long bath while reading this book. "
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    #8Insignia (Insignia)

    Insignia (Insignia)


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    Gerald Simmons
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "GOOD"
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    #9This Is Not a Game (Dagmar Shaw Thrillers)

    This Is Not a Game (Dagmar Shaw Thrillers)

    This Is Not A Game is a science fiction novel of the cyberpunk subgenre written by Walter Jon Williams. It was first published in 2009 by Orbit, and it is the first book in the Dagmar Shaw Thrillers.

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    Aaron Cruz
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Of course I enjoyed reading This Is Not a Game (Dagmar Shaw Thrillers). I am a video game fanatic to the extreme level and this book has everything a gamer would want with a VR theme. It is definitely a thriller and will leave you on the edge of your seat while wanting to keep reading. I loved this book!"

Summary

Best What are the best books with a video games and virtual reality theme
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Ready Player OneBooks 37 Paid
2NeuromancerBooks 33 Paid
3Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)Books 32 Paid
4DaemonBooks 30 Paid
5ArmadaBooks 28 Paid
6AlterWorld (Play to Live)Books 28 Paid
7Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy)Books 26 Paid
8Insignia (Insignia)Books 23 Paid
9This Is Not a Game (Dagmar Shaw Thrillers)Books 20 Paid
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