I read this book over a year ago and I’m actually kinda peeved at myself for not writing a review sooner.
Picture this… Everything you’ve ever loved about the 80’s, rock n roll, games, vintage movies, dystopian world, alternate reality, major feels… all woven together in one of the most unique and insanely intense stories you’ve ever read.
Action? You bet. Jam packed, baby.
Crazy plot twists? Oh hell yes.
Romance? Check. The perfect amount.
Oh and..Ever played World of Warcraft or a similar game? You’re in for a treat. (Yes, I did for years. Don’t judge me.)
Welcome, friends… to Ready Player One. One of my all time favorite books and soon to be MOVIE!
Do you have to be a gamer or know 80’s references to enjoy this book? Honestly… I only picked up on half the references and I still loved the CRAP out of this book.
And before you ask… NO this is nothing like Tron. This is way better and vastly different.
The plot… in short.
We follow Wade Watts, a teen living in poverty along with 90% of the rest of the world- who finds his only refuge in the virtual world known as the Oasis. The Oasis is a substitute for real life for almost everyone as the world is in shambles. Suddenly a competition arrives that offers to change the life of whoever wins it. Wade has a slim chance of winning – but it is balls to the wall as he finds out that he’s more than a capable competitor. Not to mention, he finally meets his long time cyber crush named Art3mis (though of course, only virtually.) Wade, his best friend Aech, and At3mis all get swept up in a competition that proves to be much more than they bargained for.
Confession time… The synopsis did not sound appealing to me. I’ll also admit that it took me a few chapters to get hooked. The first bit is definitely info dump. But oh boy… once I did… I literally lost hours of sleep racing through the rest of the book. Once it starts, it doesn’t slow down. I can’t rave enough about much fun I had going through this.
…..Did I mention that Matthew Broderick is no joke in this book?
Oh and that Will Wheaton narrates the audiobook for this?
And the fact that this book legit has its own playlist.. listed out IN the book itself. Including but not limited to Van Halen, Def Leppard, Survivor, Blondie, Duran Duran…
My only complaint is that Ernest Cline is quite outspoken about the whole atheism thing. Most books are.. and I’m not judging.. but the rambling was a bit annoying. Whatever.
So what are you waiting for? I say ditch the hesitations and just go for it. This book is insanely fun.
Try something new… take the leap. It is nothing short of epic.