Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ernest Cline is the author of today’s book, one that my friend recommended. And now it is my turn to do the same with you. Please read on for my review of

Ready Player One

The book starts by giving us a big clue about how it will progress. But that doesn’t make the first few chapters any less sad. It takes place in a futuristic, dystopic alternate of planet Earth, but I had no problem in catching up with what Ernest Cline imagined.

A large percentage of the Earth’s  population is looking for an egg that will grant them total control over Oasis. What is Oasis you ask? A simulated reality in which people can get educated, work and fall in love. And it exists worldwide. I’m not sure I can explain this adequately to someone that hasn’t read the book. So get on with the reading!

Our hero, Wade/Parzival is one of the egg hunters (gunters) himself, with very limited resources in his arsenal. Besides the other gunters that look for the egg, that the eccentric, and dead from before the book starts, creator of Oasis hid somewhere in the game, there is also a big corporation that has joined in the hunt. Their goal is not noble, obviously.

The book is filled with 80’s pop-culture references – movies, songs and of course games. I didn’t recognize many of them, being a 90’s kid myself, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the book.

The characters are very beautifully written, the plot is moving forward in a steady pace and my jaw hit the floor more than once, because of the twists.

I was hung up on the book several days after reading it.

Ready Player One may belong in many specific genres, but I don’t think I’ll ever find a book like this one.

 

“I wish someone had just told me the truth right up front, as soon as I was old enough to understand it. I wish someone had just said: “Here’s the deal, Wade. You’re something called a ‘human being.’ That’s a really smart kind of animal. Like every other animal on this planet, we’re descended from a single-celled organism that lived millions of years ago. This happened by a process called evolution, and you’ll learn more about it But trust me, that’s really how we all got here. There’s proof of it everywhere, buried in the rocks. That story you heard? About how we were all created by a super-powerful dude named God who lives up in the sky? Total bullshit. The whole God thing is actually an ancient fairy tale that people have been telling one another for thousands of years. We made it all up. Like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. “Oh, and by the way … there’s no Santa Claus or Easter Bunny. Also bullshit. Sorry, kid. Deal with it.”

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Genre: Science Fiction /Dystopian, Young Adult
Published by: Crown
ISBN: 1524763284
Published on: 16 August, 2011
Format:eBook
Source: Self-Purchased
Pages: 608
Audio Length: 15 Hours: 46 minutes
Rated: four-half-stars
Heat: 0 Flames

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A world at stake.A quest for the ultimate prize.Are you ready? 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.

 

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