Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline!

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?

Description taken from Goodreads

My Review

This is a book for fangirls and fanboys about fangirls and fanboys on steroids.  Holy friggens!  This was a hell of a book.  Now, I was born in ’91 so some of the terminology and references kind of went over my head but I’m not so ignorant that I didn’t understand it at all.  I mean, I’ve seen War Games and Monty Python and I’ve played Pac Man and Galaga and all that but there are loads and loads of video games and movies and TV shows from the the 80s that I haven’t had the privilege of seeing or playing yet but that didn’t at all stop me from enjoying this book.  Not at all.

The concept behind Ready Player One was so unique and awesome.  So incredible and imaginative!  I can’t even begin to describe it.  I really can't.

The characters were completely real and relatable and extremely flawed.  They had great personalities that only a true nerd can possess.  Just amazing.

The only thing that bugged me was that there was a lot of info-dumping.  It got to the point where I was wanting to skim through a couple of pages to get to the good stuff.  That’s the only flaw I found within Ready Player One.

I really don’t want to give anything away at all.  I feel like you should go into this book not knowing too  much about it, like I did.  Trust me, the experience will be that much better!

Just know that it’s a fun book that’ll keep you reading into the wee hours of the morning and leave you pondering about how long until something like this could actually happen.  Scary thought, to be honest.

I would say that if you’re a fan of dystopian and sci-fi then you’re really going to enjoy Ready Player One and if you were a teenager in the 80s and loved the pop culture then you’ll love it!  Go pick it up!

Characters 4.5/5
Plot 5/5
Feels 4/5
Writing 3.5/5 
Overall 4.25/5

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