“Going outside is highly overrated.”
– Ernest Cline
It’s year 2044 and the world is falling apart. Wade Watts only feels truly happy and alive when he is inside the OASIS, a virtual utopia. He had devoted his whole life to studying the creator’s obsessions and hobbies about pop culture throughout the ages. This continues through to the puzzles hidden throughout OASIS, once unlocked they promise power and fortune to whoever can make it to the end.
When Wade manages to find the first clue to the puzzle, he understands that other players are willing to kill to win the prize. Therefore, time is of the essence and if Wade is going to survive this he will have to make sure he wins. To do this, will he have to confront the life of the real world? The one he’s being trying to forget.
- Pages – 374
- Author – Ernest Cline
- Published – August 16th 2011
- Rating – 4/5
- Genres – Science Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Ernest Cline, I salute you for your fellow geekery… ness.
I will be completely honest with you guys, I did struggle with this book to begin with. The writing style was definitely not to my taste, however I kind of just got used to it? After that I accepted it with open arms and welcomed the brilliant world of Ready Player One into my life.
The sheer facts, figures and gaming information that Ernest Cline delves into in this book is outstanding. I found myself reading it thinking, how has he even remembered to reference back to this?! To say how much information is in the book and how important it was for it all to fit together, Cline does it perfectly.
As a fellow nerd, I really appreciated this.
I found myself not wanting to put it down maybe about a quarter of the way through. I wanted to know what happened and wanted to know now! There was a lot and I mean a lot of descriptive writing. It did feel like the descriptive parts were sort of like setting up for a movie scene in a script? But I feel like I could sit down with a pencil and paper, and draw some of the scenes within this book. They were described so well.
ALSO. The amount of tributes in this book is amazing. Video games, movies, TV shows, anime and music along with so many others that were popular in the 80’s and 90’s. As a fellow nerd it really brought to life a world that I and many others would absolutely DREAM OF. Yes please give me a VR headset that takes me to a world I can live in.
“Being human totally sucks most of the time. Video games are the only thing that make life bearable.”
– Ernest Cline
This book really spoke to me as a person (here I am, getting all deep and emotional). I have always believed that video games are a great way for introverts like myself to really sit and enjoy something. Be somewhere else. This book had so many references to things I love and things I can actually relate to. Properly. I sat smiling to myself remembering some of the games, music or movies like a loon. (smiling to myself like a loser… I know)
POSSIBLE SPOILER. Aech. I think she is brilliant, the fact she created a male character as her avatar in the game and does not give two monkeys is amazing (YOU GO GIRLFRIEND). She lives in some camper van (cool hippie) and is a strong independent woman which I admired about her. She wasn’t in some parts of the book because of reasons but when she was I really appreciated her.
I can’t really give a vast explanation as to why I liked him/her so much. I just kind did.
So there you have it guys, I didn’t want to delve into the story with my own opinions as the film is coming out kind of soon so I know a lot of people are reading this book. It’s definitely worth a read, if you struggle with it just read it for the enjoyment of the references and games and all things good. In fact, enjoy it for the sheer brilliant mind of Ernest Cline.
“No one in the world gets what they want and that is beautiful.”
– Ernest Cline
I really don’t think I will find another book like it. If there is then please let me know about them in the comments!
Goodbye my lovers, Goodbye my friends…