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Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
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Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
Advantages: Immersive, fantastic sci-fi novel which will grip you by the gaming thumbs and not let go
Disadvantages: Once or twice its a bit predictable
I heard about this book a couple of weeks ago through a friend on Facebook. She said, "Found a book that combines (in a major way) video games, 80's culture, puzzles, and an atheist protagonist. I haven't been this excited to read in while" and immediately my interest was piqued. I'm quite the gamer myself, and a good book influenced by the above is pretty hard to find.
I looked about for a while, and finally decided to take the plunge and buy it. I began reading it while sitting in a hospital waiting room, and when my consultant finally called me in, I almost wanted to tell her to hold on a bit, because I didn't want to put it down.
The book is clearly written by someone who greatly loves geek culture, the attention to detail is loving and nostalgic.
Ready Player One is set in a world only thirty years from now. The population has boomed, the world is over-crowded and mostly unemployed, fuel resources are pretty much gone. Life is pretty dire for most. The only source of solace for many, is the OASIS. An immersive online universe, where you can be whoever you want. Virtual jobs with real money are available, virtual schooling, anything is possible in OASIS.
When the OASIS creator dies, he leaves a massive fortune plus control of the OASIS to whomever can find his hidden 'easter egg'. James Halliday was an 80's fanatic, and games programmer. Having no family to leave his vast fortune to, he creates secrets within his tens of thousands of virtual worlds, and invites the world to find them upon his death.
This launches a massive easter egg hunt. The world has their eyes set on the money. Apart from one corporation, who have their eyes set on control of OASIS, who want to change it and charge only the richest for access.
When Halliday dies, it's a race to find the three Keys, and find the grand prize.
Enter Wade Watts. A 17 year old school student, who is a self proclaimed 'gunter' (egg hunter). He devotes his life to finding Halliday's easter egg, but the closer he and the world gets, the more danger they are all in.
Earnest Cline has thrown such a vast array of different things into a large melting pot and came out with something fantastic.
I has 80's trivia, geek culture, gaming references, conspiracy theories, quests, romance, films, books. Everything you could draw reference from is in there, and it's all original!
I didn't put this book down for about three days. Sometimes it's a little bit predictable, and other times, your mind will be blown clear out of the water.
It's one of very few books that had my heart racing at times, it is suspenseful and exciting, as well as being puzzling. You feel Wade's frustrations and fears, as well as his elations and joys.
A really magnificent read, and if you can, check out Earnest Cline's easter egg hunt of his own!!! The prize is a DELOREAN!
Summary: A brilliant sci-fi novel rife with geek references and makes you want to take part