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Mountie gift guide
Mountie gift guide
Maura Fecak, Staff Writer • December 4, 2023

The holiday season is upon us. If you or a loved one is in need of gift-giving help, look no further. A Mount student is guaranteed to love at...

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys is a young adult historical fiction novel set in WWII.
Bookmarked!: November HISTORICAL FICTION 2023
December 4, 2023

This month’s theme was Historical Fiction, and we read Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys! A synopsis of the book and our reviews are below. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— While...

The most wonderful time of the year?
The most wonderful time of the year?
Lee Quinn, Editorial Cartoonist • November 30, 2023

A very Mount Thanksgiving
A very Mount Thanksgiving
November 22, 2023
Sarah Mark ‘24, Angelina Baker ‘24, Ava Vavra ‘24, pause to smile for their Junior Ring Mass.
It's just so Ange!
November 14, 2023

Bookmarked!: September SCI FI 2023

This month’s theme celebrates science fiction!
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline depicts a dystopian world ruled by technology.

This month our readers chose Ready Player One by Ernest Cline! The reviews are below.



At its core, Ready Player One is a complex exploration of humanity’s relationship to the digital world, and a discussion of the internet’s ability to be authentic and performative, the problem and the solution. The world building is as vast as its references are numerous, and combined with an interesting puzzle and likable characters it makes for a a solid read.

It also has one of the worst protagonists in all of popular fiction. As a female internet user, our main character Wade is literally my worst nightmare and embodies everything the Barbie movie warned us about.

It’s almost ironic. Ernest Cline so perfectly illustrates the duality of man-kind through both the on and offline worlds, and still manages to write a protagonist that can be a “pick-me” in both.

— Izzy Cooper, ‘25


Set on earth in the year 2045, Ready Player One depicts a world ruined by war, pollution, and overpopulation. As we all experienced in 2020, when things get miserable people take to the virtual streets to escape reality. Just the thing happens in Ready Player One with the popular game OASIS, and we follow a Mr. Wade Watts as he tries to crack the secrets of the game. So first and foremost, I think the worldbuilding and pacing are excellently done. The characters feel really real and their motivations are well explored. The only thing that really turned me away from the book was that it just felt really predictable. While the story was done well, it felt so much like any other dystopian sci-fi book. However, if you can get over the cliche, it’s a well written book.

— Emma Meng, ‘26

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Sine Thompson, Arts and Entertainment Editor
Sine (pronounced Shee-na) is a senior who loves spending her free time hiking, watching interesting movies, and chilling out to music. She is a discus and shotput thrower on the Track & Field team at the Mount and is a leader of numerous clubs, including American Sign Language, Book, and Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Club. Sine is also involved in the Mount Ensemble as a drummer, and she runs Bookmarked!, the Book Review Column at the Campanile. She is looking forward to many future articles!
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