A nostalgic, superb and geeky adventure of epic proportions!
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
It’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We’re out of oil. We’ve wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS – and his massive fortune – will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.
For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle. Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions – and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.
The last book I read that truly made me want to live in that world was the Harry Potter series, but after reading Ready Player One I think I’ve found another!
I completely lost myself in this book, couldn’t wait to pick it up again to continue the story, I didn’t want it to ever end and I’m still pining to go back now I’ve finished it. Every element to this story was just brilliant and I was immediately swept away with this new way of life in the fully immersive OASIS.
I was fully invested in Wade’s journey from the very beginning. The puzzle solving aspect really piqued my interest and I was flying through the chapters to see what was discovered next. Not going to lie, the fact it is full to the brim of 80’s nostalgia definitely helped and some of the gates that Wade had to navigate such as reenacting a classic film or playing an old school game was just brilliant fun to read about.
It has a host of wonderful characters / avatars which I instantly warmed to and really helped to enhance the story even more. Despite all the 80’s references I also really enjoyed the whole premise of the story and how life had changed dramatically where people preferred to live in a virtual world rather than the real one. It was fascinating to wonder what we would do if that did eventually happen.
Overall I can’t describe just how much I adored this book – with full on battle scenes, puzzle solving, gaming and full on geekery – it was an epic fantasy dystopian adventure which will take you on one hell of a ride!