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Ready Player One

Posted on: September 3, 2014

Title: Ready Player One

Author: Ernest Cline

Published: 2011

Description: 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? (Taken from Goodreads)

Ready Player One has been on my TBR since it’s release but it took it being Little Book Club‘s pick of the month for me to pick it up. While this is terrible, I am really happy that I picked it up.

It was such a fun and interesting adventure story. The game components, the real life drama, the online dating, it was amazing!

While Ready Player One is known and loved for all its 80s pop culture references I guarantee you that you’ll still be able to enjoy the book without understanding any of it.

Knowing and understanding the references makes the book that much more amazing but you won’t lose anything by being in the dark. Ernest Cline does a great job of explaining what it is that you need to know so that this just is a minor hurdle.

On the other hand if you have the time, I highly recommend checking out the references mentioned in the book.

For myself I was born in the late 80s so I’m not really an 80s kids and only got a small portion of the references but every time I got something it made me smile and pat myself on the back.

The characters were interesting and real which is great especially in an adventure story. I loved the relationship between Aech and Parzival and loved it even more when they met.

I think there is a great message that this book is trying to convey, which is, the Internet is great but there is a whole world out there to be enjoyed and lived.

All in all it was a great read, I loved the action, the character development, the friendships and the overall message.

Have you read Ready Player One?

What did you think about it?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading! 🙂

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