Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction
Released: 16th August 2016
Publisher: Crown Publishing
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
Man this was some book. This is one of those that you either really hate or really love and I’m kinda shocked to say that I loved it. You’ll understand why in a bit 😉.
Immediately you start reading Ready Player One, you’re shoved into this futuristic world with so many nerd culture/gaming references jam-packed into the pages that it’s kinda hard to keep up. Normally I consider myself a full fledged nerdling (I mean I know my Middle-Earth and even though I don’t know BASIC, I consider myself a pro at C++) but this book made me feel like freaking Jon Snow (I knew nothing). There was a point when it almost got too much and I almost gave up on the book but decided to power through it because there must have been a reason why so many people hyped over this book. Then about a quarter way through I finally found my rhythm and really started to enjoy the book.
Ernest Cline writes like he’s trying to pack the most information into the fewest sentences so sometimes I felt like I was being bombarded/drowned in 80’s pop culture/gaming that I just didn’t get or even care about but I powered through until the end! I even found myself recognising a lot of his references which made me feel awesome! (Three is a magic number!!)
If we’re talking characters, this book had such an interesting cast of characters but this was more of a plot-driven story so I wasn’t too emotionally invested in them.
Aside from all that, I love Sci-Fi so obviously I ended up loving this. If you want to pick this up, understand that it is not for the faint-hearted (lol) so pick it up only if you can handle pure epicnes.