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 never knew how much I needed a book that marries 80s pop culture with a nerdy sci-fi premise until I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. If any of those things appeal to you then you are in for a serious treat. Even if you think they don’t appeal to you you’re still probably be in for a treat because it’s a fast paced fun book no matter what.
This book had been on my “need to read” list for quiet a while but I never really new what to expect or if I was actually going to like it. I finally ordered it and it took me all of about a day and a half to read it because I could absolutely not put it down.
More and more the idea of it being possible to live almost completely instead a virtual reality world doesn’t seem that far fetched. It was fun to immerse myself into a world where that has happened and follow Wade into the OASIS. Quite like books are meant to do I felt like I was able to escape there just as easily as Wade did.
Then once the challenge starts and Wade is invested on completing and winning the grand prize set up by James Halliday it’s even more of a wild ride. That was definitely the point where I couldn’t put the book down and it was just so fun and fast-paced that I didn’t want to stop reading.
The book isn’t without it’s flaws and I know a lot of people have gripes with the writing style, the semantics of references made in the book and when they actually came out. I even saw a complaint with the writers portrayal of a dystopian future. Which, really? It’s a work of fiction and not meant to be the most accurate thing in the world so if his vision of a dystopian future is different from someone else’s then so be it. There was far more to the book for me than pedantic issues people found with it.
If you really couldn’t care less about any kind of 80’s pop culture or the idea of a virtual reality treasure hunt then I could see where this book may not be one you reach for but if any of it interests you at all I would highly recommend giving this book a read. I was so genuinely sad to finish it because it was such a fun read.