Top 5 Wednesday – April 12th

Hello everyone and welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday. This weeks top 5 is your top 5 books that you think would make good video games.

For this i decided that I would not include any Star Wars books as they are so easily adaptable into video games and their is already plenty of them available. I also did not allow any books that had already been turned into video games (like the Lord Of The Rings) for obvious reasons.

The following may contain spoilers.

  1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

Summary from Goodreads.

If you have read Ready Player One then I suspect that you know exactly what I on about. If you have not, then Ready Player One is set in the future and is like a treasure hunt set in virtual reality. The way that the book plays out will allow for and interesting and fun game. Bonus points if you already have a knowledge of 80’s pop culture.

  1. Amanda by Ernest Cline

Armada

Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.

But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.

And then he sees the flying saucer.

Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders.

No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it.

It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar?

At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon.

Summary from Goodreads.

Imagine a real-life version of that arcade game, that is exactly what Armada is. I suspect that 2 modes would be available, story mode where you follow the book plot then an arcade like mode where you just have to keep fighting the other ships until you die.

  1. Remnants by John Hennessy

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Night one brings marked doors to every home in the world. Day one sees confusion and fear. Night two takes half the planet’s population. Day two leaves panic and mayhem. Night three watches the second half disappear. Day three the fight for survival begins.

The world ended in silence. No birds chirping. Dogs barking. Cars thrumming. No people going about their busy lives. After the aliens arrive, they clear the globe of every living animal, except for a few scattered bands of human survivors. Now Maggy, a strong-willed intellectual, leads Darrel and Félix, two shy geeks, on an expedition down the west coast, searching for safety in a landscape that promises only a gruesome death, as the aliens hunt down the remnants for sport. But when one of them is abducted, a much more sinister truth unfolds, one that will change the course of humanity forever.

Remnants is perfect for fans of The 5th Wave, alien invasions, the apocalypse, and just pure sci-fi adventure.

Note: For verisimilitude of teenagers facing the apocalypse, this book contains strong language, and is intended for mature young adults. If such words offend you, you might not enjoy this book.

Summary from Goodreads.

More along the lines of The Walking Dead (at least what I know of it, I still have not seen the show), Remnants would be a combination of solving puzzles to advance and then killing sprees against the alions (that is what they are called).

  1. Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

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Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends — one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena — Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

Summary from Goodreads.

I could imagine this set in a Lego Game. Having Camp Halfblood as the home base, you go into cabins and have chapters for each book. You would be able to explore Camp Halfblood and it would appeal to the younger audience that the series is aimed at.

  1. The Lorien Legcies series by Pittacus Lore

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Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books–but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. We have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next.

Summary from Goodreads.

I would imagine this as a MMORPG more than a console game. You could have a main quest which you make up your own character and get surprised by which legacies you get and once you get to a certain point in the game, you get to interact with other players and have battle against them to train and go on side missions with them.

So those are my top 5 books that think would be good video games! Are you doing Top 5 Wednesday? If so link to your post in the comments! It is always interesting how different everyone’s tastes are! Click here to go to the Goodreads page for Top 5 Wednesday and click here to go to my archive page for all of my Top 5 Wednesday posts.

Until next Wednesday, Danielle.

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