Review: Ready Player One

   Title: Ready Player One
   Author: Ernest Cline
   Publisher: Random House

   My Rating:

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?

My Thoughts

What a really good book!

Ready Player One ended up being a love story in the middle of everything, which seemed refreshing since the entire plot wasn't revolving around it.

Wade, or Parzival, was such a sweet and humble kid. I really enjoyed his character and really appreciated his development throughout the book.

The plot was very original and unique, filled with 80's references, either about games, music, movies or TV shows. It covered everything. Even though I must admit like 80% of these references were way over my head, I cannot begin to understand the amount of research and time this book took to write.

Ready Player One covers a good part of environmental development, and it pretty much goes with what we are expecting to happen to us in the future. I found it quite interesting and also disturbing. Also I very much enjoyed experiencing one of the character's depression as something real and that usually happens: you get depressed, start disconnecting from the real world, find comfort in food and that plus limited movement leads to weight gaining - not to say that this is the way that depression works for everyone because it is not, it was just interesting to read about. I also appreciated the way this character used what he had available to try and turn things around by himself.

The OASIS itself was also incredibly interesting. They way humanity found comfort in it, rejecting almost all relationships just to be able to run away and be someone else... If there was such a thing as the OASIS I am almost sure more that 50% of the population with access to it would be there.

Still on the OASIS, it covers online friendship and the idea that you can have a true friendship or even fall in love without ever meeting the 'real' person. Though the author makes a pretty good job at making you suspect the intentions of everyone around Wade.

Almost forgot!! This book also covers homosexuality and the unfortunate reactions that some people might have when confronted with it. I must say that I didn't see it coming!

Finally the ending was really perfect. It didn't drag on or anything, it just ended simply and beautifully.

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