Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Publisher: Random House
Published: August 16, 2011
Genre: fiction, dystopian, futuristic, sci fi
Page count: 374 pages
Goodreads synopsis: In the year 2045, 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.
My thoughts: Oh how this book feeds my nerdy soul! Between the gaming aspect, 80s pop culture, and the dysopian setting, whats not to love?! To be honest, this book has been on my massive TBR list forever, but since the movie is out and my husband is itching to see it, it sort of lit a fire under me to get it read quickly! And quickly I did! This only took about two and a half days to read. The beginning is a tad slow but once the story kicks in, the plot really moves!
I really loved the world building in this book. It left me wanting more (like how the world got that way to begin with) but I was deeply satisfied with the details of the world the author provided. The technology in this book was mind blowing. The amount of details and just the premise of the Oasis itself was really well done. I love the blending of the old and new too. It pays really nice homage to older technology like old gaming systems and computers and sort of shows the beautiful progression to how and where the premise for the Oasis stemmed from. I loved that we got that thought process.
As for the game itself (everyone should know by now that the whole plot is solving puzzles within a game to find a hidden easter egg) I loved that it had to do with 80s references and I thought the action sequences were ridiculously fun to read. I felt as if I was really playing the game and solving the puzzles right along with Wade.
All in all, I really don’t have anything negative to say! This was just such a fun read and I cannot say enough good things about it! I just hope the movie is just as well done and detailed as the novel.