Friday, September 11, 2015

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Title: Ready Player One

Author: Ernest Cline

Published: Broadway Books, 2012

Pages: 372

Summary: 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?  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I have been interested in reading this book for a while after learning that it was riddled with 80s references.  I did however, feel like there were so many people raving about this book that I was a little worried that my expectations would be too high for how good the book actually was or wasn't.  That being said, I couldn't resist any longer and I decided it was time to pick up Ready Player One.

The book was really addictive and I was just really enjoying following Wade along with his quest to find the Easter Egg and the keys left behind by Halliday.  There were so many awesome references scattered in there that I absolutely really enjoyed it.  I personally, enjoy a lot of the movies, music and television shows from the 80s so was particularly excited to see them in the book.  While there were so many 80s references that were right in your face I also felt that there were some very subtle references to things thrown in there, that were really good.

While the book was really good and I was thoroughly enjoying it, I must admit that I had to put it down for a bit because things were getting pretty intense and I felt like I wasn't ready for whatever was going to happen.

There were a couple of small mysteries/ character reveals that I thought were quite interesting.  I did guess a couple of things about some of the characters which just meant that I wasn't surprised when they were revealed.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Ready Player One.  It was just such a fun and entertaining read.  There just isn't anything else to say about it really.

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