*BOOK REVIEW* Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Ready Player One book Blurb;
‘In the year 2045, 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.’
I bought this book just a week ago, and it has been a crazy, non-stop ride since! I had seen the book a few times but had never really been eager to buy it, until I saw a write up on The Creative Issue.
I also borrowed the image cover from them so all credit is due there. I love the contrast of the book covers, and there are actually more than that. Anyway, back to the book and what I thought of it…
First of all, let me say that I’m not an 80’s kid – I was born at the very back end of the decade – but I do like a lot of 80’s movies, games, and music so I had a decent grounding when it came to the sheer number of 80’s pop culture references within the book.
The first 30 pages of Ready Player One were a little slow and I struggled to plough through those pages (they’re basically setting up the Hunt) but once I did; HOLY SHIT! This book reached into me, pushed every geek button in my body, gave me a wild ride, and spat me back out at the end.
The action throughout the book is just – and pardon the cliché – rip-roaring. It’s constant, it’s tense, and it leaves you blown away. Also, it has by far the coolest action scenes I’ve ever read. A slight spoiler (highlight for text), but ROBOT BATTLES IN SPACE!!!!! I mean, come on! Who isn’t up for that?!
The protagonist, Wade Watts, is an obsessed hermit with a burning goal to find the egg, his journey will take him through different planets, movies, oh, and romance (although not too much, thankfully). I love this character, he’s geeky, quirky, and the absolute underdog. I found myself rooting for him throughout the book and I never found myself at odds with anything he did, a rarity for me.
Cline’s writing style is one that complement the subject matter perfectly. He is clearly an 80’s geek and any author less skilled than this could have gotten totally caught up in the references and complexities, but not here; it’s smooth, it’s exciting, and it’s the best book I’ve read in years.
I would recommend this book for every single reader who craves action, suspense, a disestablishment complex, and some damn cool toys. An absolute must-read. I can (and should) say no more. Awesome.
Feel free to like, share, and comment if you’ve read Ready Player One. I’m dying to find out what people thought of it