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.
This book was so good I feel like no review I can write of it would ever do it justice. I decided to buy it over a year ago because a booktuber I used to watch said she loved it but I hadn’t gotten around to reading it until about a month ago. I am both glad (because it was amazing) and sad (bECAUSE it. was. amazing.). I guess you get it.
The book is filled with 80’s pop culture/nerd references and even though I didn’t get many of them and had to look them up – let’s not kid ourselves, I’m no gamer- it was still very very enjoyable when I did get them.
Ready Player One is an amazing debut for the author, a fast paced, action packed novel full of interesting and diverse characters. There was not a moment where I knew what was going to happen next, which was a relieve because usually these books tend to be very predictable.
What I absolutely loved about the book was that it tackled some very pressing issues right now like discrimination or bullying as well as low self-esteem or feminism while also keeping it within the theme of the book and understandable to everyone no matter what age you are and one just has to love books that educate people. Furthermore, the characters where very diverse and it was easy to connect with them to some level or other. I particularly found Halliday very relatable (*small spoiler alert* even though he is in the book for like 5 mins). Cline designs a future that feels almost too real and possible, which is equally awe worthy and scary if we really ended up like that, and he manages to navigate through his own creation without faltering or making us feel like outsiders. You can almost live inside this future.
To make a small criticism, it felt a bit like all the action parts where in the first few pages and then again towards the end. A big chunk in the middle of the book felt somehow slow and empty of purpose, but nothing major.
Overall, it was a highly enjoyable read and I really recommend it if you like sci-fi and futuristic scenarios where the human race is quite fucked.