Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Crown Publishers | August 16th, 2011
Sci-Fi, Fiction, Dystopian, YA
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.
So, I didn’t write my own description for this book because there is just a lot to cover. Anyways, I absolutely LOVED this book. After reading other people’s reviews I notice now that yes there may have been a few plot holes, but when you truly enjoy a book you can ignore those things. They are minor plot holes anyways that don’t really have much to do with the story like if the world is such a disaster, how are so many people using the OASIS and that much electricity? I still believe this book deserves a five-star review.
There is so much 80’s nostalgia in this book, from video games to movies to music. This only adds to the awesome story taking place. There are references to the band Rush, Pac-Man, Joust, Monty Python, Voltron, and tons of 80’s anime shows and so much more. I may not have recognized all of the references, but the fact that there are so many is just plain awesome. Like seriously, I have never read any other book that has done that.
The main character is totally awesome as well and says some pretty funny stuff throughout the book, but my favorite quote that he says is this one:
“You know you’ve totally screwed up your life when your whole world turns to shit and the only person you have to talk to is your system agent software.”
This quote cracked me up, mainly because it’s so true. You’ll have to read the book to completely understand.
Cline did a brilliant job of detailing his characters and bringing all of the 80’s references to life. He did such a great job that even if you don’t really get the reference or whatever he’s talking about, you can still picture it in your mind. Or, he gives you enough information so that you could look it up later if you wanted to without messing up the story. My only regret about this book is waiting this long to read it.
The movie came out yesterday and I so want to see it.