Review: Ready Player One

ImageAt once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

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?

 

Ready Player One follows the story of Wade Watts and his search for a hidden fortune left by an eccentric millionaire.  Wade is a very likable character who lives in poverty.  His life sucks, so he uses the OASIS as an escape from reality.  

To me the story is part 80’s gaming adventure and part story.  Once I started reading I wanted to know what was going to happen next.  I enjoyed living in the virtual world that was created, but once I put the book down I was out of the world.  Then it would start over again.  It is hard to explain.  For me, it wasn’t a page turner, but I enjoyed stepping into the world once I picked it back up.  

I believe this book would appeal to people who love playing video games and 80’s references. I would not recommend this to people who are not interested in either of these.  I especially wonder if those that know nothing about the 80’s would enjoy this story.  I would hesitate to suggest it to them.  Otherwise I would say pick it up.  It is a fun read.

 

I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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2 thoughts on “Review: Ready Player One

  1. Kristan W says:

    I just saw this book at the library. I was intrigued but was already juggling five books in my arms. It seems like an interesting read — thanks for the overview 🙂

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