Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Published August 16th 2011 by Crown Publishers
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
These three words were always the last thing an OASIS user saw before leaving the real world and entering the virtual one:
READY PLAYER ONE
This was the book that actually introduced me to the genre dystopia, and reading this again after five years just reminded me how much I love this book.
We follow the story from Wade’s POV. He’s a normal kid who lives with his crappy aunt, and like most of the people in America, basically OASIS is his life. OASIS is this virtual platform that took over people’s lives. Wade goes to school in Ludus, a planet in OASIS full of schools; he talks to his friends in OASIS; and he does gaming in OASIS as a past time.
So OASIS’ creator James Halliday passes away and leaves behind a clue. The clue leads to an easter egg hunt, with his entire fortune as the prize. The story is told in Wade’s POV, and we follow him on his quest to find the easter before anyone else does. What I like about this too, is that the easter eggs were cleverly hidden, stitched into facts about the 80’s that only people who are knowledgeable in that era could really put together. You’d really have to be an 80’s geek to decipher the clues.
I loved how the book just awakens the geek me. It was just so interesting and the world building (mainly for OASIS) was so damn beautiful. It was a vast world, with the author taking his sweet time to slowly introduce it to readers, as so it isn’t overwhelming. It was well thought out too! The book is flooded with 80’s references. Admittedly, I only got a few references throughout the entire book, but that didn’t take the fun out of reading it.
This book was really really good. And this is one I’ll be CONSTANTLY recommending to people for a very long time. Even if you aren’t a geek you’d still enjoy this, so go ahead and check it out.