Published by Crown/Archetype on August 16th 2011
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, General, Science Fiction, Thrillers
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
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. But 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 first read Ready Player One in 2012, when a co-worker recommended to me one day while discussing books we liked. I was immediately hooked from the very first page. Having grown up in the 1980’s, all of the pop culture references were familiar to me. I remember first hand all of the games, gaming systems (except for OASIS, of course), films, music, etc. the main character Wade Watts repeatedly talks about. In my first review of this book in March of 2012 I stated:
“At its heart is a love story, a political thriller, and a look at our possible future. With technology advancing at light speed it won’t be long before someone creates a civilization like Halliday’s OASIS. In a world with the unemployment rate rising, homelessness increasing, and the economy in dire straits much of society is looking for ways to escape their ordinary lives.
Ready Player One shows us what our lives could be like if the virtual world ever becomes more enticing than our real world. For those of us who already spend a large measure of our time on the internet chatting with friends, playing games, or watching Netflix this possible future seems quite probable.”
My feelings towards this book hold true today. Our technology is slowly inching towards the tech Ernest Cline discusses in the novel, and I do believe this book can serve as a warning about our future. However, even if you don’t want to look that deeply into this story, it’s still a wild, fun ride.
Honestly, there isn’t anything about Ready Player One that I don’t like. My only concern is that now it’s being adapted for the big screen, I hope director Steven Spielberg does it justice. With his track record, I have faith that he’ll give fans a faithful rendering of this fantastic story, but only if he has a good script. Luckily, author Ernest Cline is penning the screenplay, so all should be well.
Do I Recommend?
YES! YES! YES! If you read one book this year, make it Ready Player One. It has everything a reader can want: Great characters, mystery, adventure, and a plot that keeps you wondering, “What in the world could possibly happen next?”