I feel like Ernest Cline went through my brain and picked out all of the things I find to be cool and put them in Ready Player One: quests, video games, the 80s, David vs. Goliath, and the list goes on. If you want to read a book where upon closing it you think that was EPIC -Ready Player One is THE book to pick up.
The year is 2044. Life pretty much sucks for everyone. There’s an energy crisis. Housing is crowded. Jobs are hard to find. Most people forget the trouble around them by escaping into OASIS, a virtual reality created by James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he has no heir to leave his billion dollar empire to, and instead creates a quest – the first person to clear three gates and find the Easter egg left by Halliday – who leaves clues related to the 1980s- wins the empire.
Look, if you loved The Westing Game as a kid, chances are you’ll enjoy Ready Player One as they have a similar concept – but different executions. Wade ‘Parzival’ Watts, a young gamer, is the main character of Ready Player One. He is a bit of an underdog, with self deprecating humor, yet one can’t help but root for Wade as he clears various gates in his race for the egg against other gamers and an evil corporation known as IPO and their paid gamers, the sixers, aka sux0rs.
Ernest Cline’s debut is a thrilling ride, one that rarely slows in pace. Every time a new key or gate is discovered, when wade gets closer to finding the egg – it’s exciting. Even though the book takes place in the OASIS, a virtual reality, Cline’s descriptions make this vicarious experience come alove.
Ready Player One is recommended if you’ve ever felt like a nerd, if you’ve ever cheered for the little guy, if you think of the 80s with nostalgia. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is an epic debut -I can’t wait for Cline’s next book.
Disclosure: Vine provided my review copy.