Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
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 honestly was not sure what this book was about when I first started. I knew it had something to do with video games, hence the name, but didn’t really know much beyond that.
Truth is, I’m not a big video game person (I didn’t own a video game console until I married my husband) so I was a little bit skeptical on how much I would enjoy this book.
The book is full of video game references and 80’s references, moooost of which I didn’t get (hashtag 90’s Baby). However, it was a very well told story. It has a little post-apocalyptic feeling to it, which I do enjoy and there was a bit of life-changing competition thrown in but it was your typical end-of-world, Hunger Games wanna be book. It was actually completely different, which was a huge relief and a welcomed break.
The little love story added a nice layer to the overall story but I loved how it didn’t become the story.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story and was a little sad when it ended – which is a true sign of a thoroughly enjoyable book.