Book Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Science Fiction > Dystopia

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune–and remarkable power–to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved–that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt–among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life–and love–in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

Literary Awards: ALA Alex Award (2012)

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…Yeah! I enjoyed OASIS! Ready Player One reminded me of Under the Never Sky (Aria’s world has the Realms which is the equivalent of OASIS).

Okay. So I knew half the nerdy games and 80’s trivia that Ernest Cline kept on babbling about throughout Ready Player One. I was an 80’s baby, after all. But I am telling you.. you don’t need to be acquainted with the 80’s stuff to enjoy this book! It was entertaining to the max. =)

The middle went flat when Wade retreated to his shell after a romance flop. But overall, the adventures of Parcival in OASIS in search of the prize are addicting. I kind of want to have an avatar, too. Ha!

I liked Wade’s relationship with Aech (I was surprised with Aech’s true identity). It made me think of true friendships I found through the net (mostly because of reading and blogging). Sometimes, you just know if a person is a friend even though you haven’t seen him/her yet, right? Well, Wade and Aech are like that. They are best friends in OASIS, but in real life? They haven’t even met!

The challenges that every avatar need to pass in order to unlock a gate was thrilling and fun! I love puzzles and solving riddles (well, only in books!) and Ready Player One is full of that (about 80’s trivia and games, of course).

More often than not, people escaped reality by creating an alternate life online. Here in Ready Player One, Wade forgot how it is to live outside of OASIS. It made me smile that in the end, he has a reason to unplugged from the virtual world, and look forward to returning to his real life, no matter how uncertain it is.

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READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline

Hardcover, 374 pages

Published August 16th 2011 by Random House NY

4/5 stars

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