- “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline
- Dystopian Science Fiction
- Read as both an ebook and audiobook, alternating
- 4/5 stars
- Finished August 8, 2016
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.
I have to be honest with you, this has been my go-to book to recommend to anyone and everyone this year. I feel like it just has something for any type of reader. People who like fast paced, engrossing books, people who like pop culture, people who like witty books, honestly..there is something in here for everyone. This book was the first pick for the Litsy Book Club when I started it and I believe the “Pick” rate was over 90%.
This book is awesome.
It pulls you in, and you never want to leave this world. The world that Wade lives in feels eerily close, it doesn’t feel too far-fetched or futuristic, in fact, it sounds pretty cool. You follow Wade through his actual real life, as well as through his computer life. As someone who has grown up around torrenting, and things like Second Life of Habbo Hotel, so much of this resonated with me. My dad was an 80’s teen, so many of the references weren’t lost, and to be honest, most are not super obscure that you’d be able to catch on as you go.
In this book, we follow Wade on his quest to find the three keys and open the three doors before anyone else, as well as to try and beat the “sixers”, a company where all of their employees are actively trying to find the keys first, because who ever finds all the keys and opens all three doors gets a Steve Jobs x10 fortune. Wade is the first person to find the first key and now he has to figure out how to do the others.
Everyone I’ve recommended this to has come back and really enjoyed it. It’s his first novel, and I’ve heard his follow up isn’t as good, so I’m debating on checking it out. However, “Ready Player One” is absolutely worth the time. The audiobook, read by Wil Wheaton, is just as phenomenal.
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