Review, Short Story, Young Adult

Ready Player One | Ernest Cline

Publisher: Broadway Books
Published: 05/06/2012
Genre: Sci-Fi. Young Adult.
Format: Paperback. Audiobook.
Pages: 372
Rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis (Goodreads)
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? 

Okay, wow… It might have taken me a while to get into this book {I picked it up when I was in the middle of the worst reading slump that I have ever been in} but I am glad that I didn’t give up on it. Once overcoming my slump, I found myself unable to put this book down, and even took it to work with me, when there was no chance that I was going to be able to read it.

Ready Player One had me rooting for Parzival (Wade) and the other characters as I really wanted them to destroy the Sixers {Spoiler: They do – Literally}. Cline’s novel is definitely a step away from what I normally read, but Ready Player One has stoked my interest in the sci-fi genre, as well as reminding me why I love to play video games.

I love, love, loved all of the references to the 80’s {even though I was born in the middle of the 90’s}, especially the music and film references.


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