READY PLAYER ONE By Ernest Cline [REVIEW]
It’s taken me a while (a lot longer than I would have liked, actually) to write this review of READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to, quite the opposite actually. It’s because I don’t know how to put into words how absolutely freaking AWESOME Ready Player One really is.
Let me start of with this little tidbit: I am a geek. Video games, comic books, pop culture – that is my life. So imagine my delight when I opened Ready Player One and by page four had more references to 80s pop music, the Ghostbuster films, a vintage video games than I knew what to do with. Ernest Cline is an absolute genius, and I’m kicking myself for not attending his book signing in my area. THAT is how Ready Player One came into my life (I need to give a shout out here, and then I’ll get back on track with the review). My wonderful cousin Jean decided that Ready Player One was something that I HAD to read and picked up a copy (signed! WHOOT!) for me from Ernest’s reading.
I also heard that she dominated in Duran Duran trivia at the event, but I digress.
Anyway! Ready Player One is set in the not so distant future, and the world has pretty much gone to hell. However there is an escape. A giant multi player online game called the “OASIS” where everyone around the world can (and do) create their own online persona and live out their virtual lives.
James Halliday, one of the creators of OASIS dies, and leaves a message to everyone playing in his virtual world – he’s hidden three keys (known as Easter Eggs for you non video game people out there) somewhere in the OASIS that will lead the lucky person that finds them to Halliday’s fortune.
Needless to say the world is turned upside down with “Gunters” attempting to find Halliday’s keys and, consequently, own OASIS. Honestly? I have never been this enamored with a book in my life. Wade Watts is the main character of the story, a teenager attempting to escape his poverty stricken life through the OASIS.
Wade sets out to find Halliday’s fortune, but it seems Halliday has made it a little more difficult than anyone could expect. Between riddles, brain teasers, games of Pac-Man and Joust… Wade (along with the rest of the OASIS) has to sort through Halliday’s obsession with the 1980s in order to find the Easter Eggs.
Throw in more geeky pop culture references to, well, just about everything from the 1980s, and Ready Player One is too much for this geek girl to handle. Personally, I found myself somewhat depressed when I finished Cline’s novel, so… I just started it over. Immediately.
It’s not just the geekiness of the story that drew me in, it was the actual storytelling. While the video game playing, movie watching geek in me loved every little tidbit that Cline threw in the story was amazing as well. Action, adventure, drama, and a villain that is easy to relate to – which are the scariest kind of bad guy.
Falling in love with these characters is easy (don’t worry boys, there’s even a kick ass girl avatar for you!), and I found myself wanting to call into work (I didn’t, but it was a close call a few times), not eating (my roommate physically had to remove the book from my hands and force me to have breakfast), and not sleeping (seriously.) just to find out if Wade had found Halliday’s keys before someone else did.
Does he do it? Does he make it? The only way to find out is to go and pick up a copy of Ready Player One, I promise you you will NOT be sorry. Be sure to come back and tell me what you think!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Crown | Pages: 384 | Source: Own Collection | Buy on Amazon
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