Monday, 18 July 2016

Book Review ~ Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.
We're out of oil. We've wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS - and his massive fortune - will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle. Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions - and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.

It was a bit slow to get into, most of the beginning was explaining everything, mainly the virtual world this is set in.
Once the first key was found, things started to get interesting. After that I couldn’t put the book down. I was on the edge of my seat right until the last page.

Wade (aka Parzival) was a very interesting character. Living with his absent aunt after his parents death, he has nothing except great knowledge in this virtual world. Great with computers and everything 80s, he makes it his life mission to find Halliday's Easter egg (Halliday's inheritance). 
He's just a normal kid with an obsession with computers, and even though you are rooting for him throughout the book, you also feel like you want him to get away from the computer and outside.

Overall I really enjoyed this book, it was great to see so many references to the 80s. Movies, games, TV shows, it was like going back in time.
Would I live in a world like this? No. What kind of terrible place have we become that we need to escape reality to go into a virtual one. I wish there was more of that, talking about the outside world.

There really isn’t much I can talk about without spoiling it. I think everyone should read this especially if you love video games and 80s pop culture.

My star rating for Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is: