Book Review: Ready Player One

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Title: Ready Player One

Author: Ernest Cline

Summary: [from GoodReads]

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune–and remarkable power–to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved–that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt–among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life–and love–in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

My Review

New. Favorite. Sci-fi! Bar none! I loved this book! LOVED IT!!! That’s a little odd because cyber-punk is often hit or miss for me. Even the ones that everyone says are “must-read” works are often difficult for me to get into. Not so in this case. Ready Player One is fast-paced and suspenseful right from the very beginning. It sucked me in, ran me through an emotional meat grinder, and spat me back out again.

There are so many things I loved about this book that it’s hard to know where to start. I have a puzzler’s mind so I think the thing that most appealed to me was the puzzle at the center of the story. I’m also kind of obsessive like the ‘Gunters’ – I really identified with their need to know everything there is to know about Mr. Halliday. I’m the same way about anything I like too!

Beyond that there are so many things I love, I CAN’T EVEN…! Like the way they all worry about somebody being different than their online selves and then realizing that’s not what matters. Or more basically the part about creating who you want to be without restrictions of stereotypes and prejudice (or at least with less of them). I love that it’s an escapist book about escapism. And I want there to be a video game of this book so bad!

So basically, if you couldn’t tell,Ready Player Oneis AWESOME! It is easily one of my favorite reads of the year, and I think you should try it, even if you think you might not like it. Just in case!

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Ready Player One”

  1. Yay! I love that you loved this!!!! I listened to the audiobook (with Wil Wheaton narrating) and thought it was completely awesome. I even gifted it to my brother for his birthday because he’s a computer geek and grew up in the 90s. Such a fun book!

    • Anne says:

      I’m thinking about trying to find the audiobook at the library to “reread” while I’m at work sometime. I just loved it so much, I gotta see what it’s like to listen to!

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