Monday, June 20, 2016

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Released August 16, 2011
Borrowed from Library
Rating: 5/5


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 (Summary from Goodreads).


Sorry I've been behind on my reviews...I actually finished this book at least a couple weeks ago. This book was SO MUCH FUN!! It was honestly the best video-game type book I've read...not that I've read a lot of those, but still. 

Seriously, I loved this book. Our main character, Wade Watts (cool name btw), A.K.A. Parzival, is the first to find a clue left by James Halliday, the creator of the game OASIS, leading to Halliday's fortune. I found Wade to be such a relatable character. Probably the male version of myself, except I don't have the kind of dedication that he does. Wade is basically the stereotypical gamer that closes himself off from the rest of the world to seek solace in OASIS. He's funny at times, yet practical.

In addition to a likable main character, the side characters are the type of people you would want to be friends with.  I won't go into detail since they are not mentioned in the summary, and I would rather you guys discover them as you read the book like I did.

If you are a fan of 80's video games, movies, and music, then you will especially enjoy this book. References galore!! I was especially happy that there was references to Blade Runner, because I just saw that movie for the first time in a Film & Culture class last fall semester.  Isn't it weird how you learn/experience something for the first time and then you start hearing about it everywhere? I get super excited when that happens.

You don't have to know everything about the 80's to enjoy the book, though (heck, I didn't even know most of the video games). Just sit back and enjoy this awesome book. The *only* thing is that the ending may have been a little too perfect, and I would have loved a reference to Zelda...not that big of a deal, though, since I still gave this baby 5 stars.

Also, as I was reading I couldn't help but think how awesome of a movie this would be. Turns out Steven Spielberg is supposed to direct the film coming out in 2018!! That means you guys need to read this so we can get excited for the movie together!! Woooooooo

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