Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
In the year 2044, 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.
Guys this is one book I would recommend for everyone to read just because of how unique it is. Ready Player One is seriously unlike anything I have ever read before.
First off, the world building is absolutely incredible. The virtual reality is portrayed so it’s easy for readers to imagine and often i found myself getting lost and absolutely immersed in the novel. Although, it did get too technical at times which was a bit difficult to follow considering I’m not a video game freak.
Ready Player One is a beautiful beautiful tribute to ’80s pop culture. To be honest, I wasn’t around in that era and I’m not too educated on it either. However, the things mentioned in the book seem so thoroughly researched and I came out learning that much more about the ’80s!
The author writes in a very informational, straight to the point kind of way which is required for this kind of novel. However, every character seems to have their own distinct voices in my head so it seems like the author has done an amazing job at character development along with everything else.
I feel like the author has used this whole book as a metaphor for so many universal themes such as good vs evil, escapism and the hunger for power and the measures people are willing to take in order to attain it. And that, I think, is what makes this book so much more than just about video games and pop culture.