Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Page Count: 372
It’s 2044 and the Oasis is a virtual reality game that everyone is playing and living their lives through. Including teenage Wade Watts. He attends school in the Oasis and spends the majority of his time devoted to finding clues. The creator James Halliday left behind puzzles and clues for everyone to solve and win the massive prize he left. Clues that involve a lot of 80s references because Halliday loved the 80s. But it has been five years and nobody has found even one clue. Until now! When Wade finds the first clue, everyone is desperate to find out who found it and where the first gate is. Some players are willing to kill for the grand prize, so Wade must keep his identity a secret. Wade must find three keys and enter the three gates that correspond with the key. But will he make it before the other players or will he be killed in the process?
I was totally blown away by this book. I, of course, knew going into it that I was going to like it a lot because of the great reviews but I never knew that it could become one of my favorite books of all time! I’m a huge 80s fanatic. Specifically, 80s music and movies. I did not know a lot of the video game references but I did know some. But I just loved being able to picture all of the movie references and hear the music that was talked about and I was loving it! Most dystopians, I read, I never want to picture myself in that world because it’s so awful. Take The Hunger Games for example. Never EVER would I want to be a part of that world. But with Ready Player One, I want to be there in the Oasis. The real world is really bad. Most of society is poor and going hungry. All of the poor people are living in the Stacks, which are just that. Stacks of homes on top of each other, to save room for the rest of humanity. It honestly, doesn’t sound like anything I want to be a part of. But then there’s the Oasis. And I want to be there! I do love video games so maybe that’s why it appeals to me but I can’t help it. Everything sounds so great in the Oasis.
Wade is a very shy guy in reality but he can open up and talk to people more in the Oasis. He attends school there but he has a hard time paying attention because he’s very smart and knows most of the content already. He has studied everything he can on James Halliday. He has seen all of Halliday’s favorite 80s movies and TV shows. He’s listened to all of his favorite music and played all of the games that Halliday’s mentions in his journals. So it’s no surprise that he finds the first clue. But he does take some time getting there. Wade doesn’t have any money so he can’t travel anywhere in the Oasis. Therefore, making it harder to find clues and solve the puzzle. Halliday left behind three keys that open three different gates and the person who finds all of them, wins all of his fortune and the Oasis. So the race is on!
I highly highly recommend this book as it is no surprise because a lot of people love it. I love all of the 80s references, all of the characters and the world itself! The writing is very simple but yet I couldn’t put the book down. At the end of every single chapter, I kept wanting to read more. I recently learned that Ernest Cline is writing a sequel. I’m not too sure how I feel yet about that. I think that the book ended very well and it didn’t leave me wanting more so I am a little nervous that a sequel won’t do as good but we will just have to wait and see.