February 7, 2018

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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I think I may have been the last person in the world to read this book. But just in case I wasn't, I wanted to write a review anyway on the off chance that one of you reading this has been hesitating about picking up this novel. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is one hell of a read, which is probably why a movie version is releasing next month. Like your typical bibliophile, I wanted to make sure I read the book before seeing the movie, so I made it a priority on my TBR and I'm so glad I did.

This story follows Wade Watts (username Parzival), your average teenager looking for an escape. It's set in the future, and we're out of space and almost out of resources as a human race. Trailer parks have turned into trailer towers to maximize land, and food rations are doled out on a voucher system. The only comfort is the Oasis, a completely immersive (and free) virtual reality, containing schools, jobs, shopping, and almost everything else you need to live. When the creator of the Oasis dies and leaves his fortune to whoever solves the puzzle hidden within the Oasis itself, Wade knows that winning this fortune is his only way out of his daily hell. 

But with about half a trillion dollars and complete Oasis control at stake, obviously Wade isn't the only one seeking out the prize. Powerful industries have also taken an interest in the winnings, wanting control of the Oasis with plans to start charging for access, and companies have created special "gunter" departments who dedicate every second of their time to solving the puzzle. These people will stop at nothing to win that prize, even killing off their competition if that's what it takes.

This book was fantastic! I don't even know where to begin with everything I liked. The amount of 80's references was wonderful, and the descriptions of this world were elaborate and painted an intense picture of life in the future...both inside and outside the Oasis. I felt for Wade...he was a good kid that just wanted a better life for himself, which really made you root for him to win. I really liked Art3mis as a character as well and wish we learned more about her. 

My biggest complaint is how abruptly it ended. There's a lot of debate as to whether this will have a sequel or not...nothing has really been confirmed by Cline one way or another. If this really will be a standalone, I would have liked to see it go a little more into what happens after the big battle. If it is intended to be a duology/trilogy/whatever, knowing that would have alleviated some of that disappointment.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

12 comments:

Simply Steph said...

Wow I can’t believe I have never heard of this book! It sounds right up my alley and there is even a movie coming out based on it, man I must be living under a rock! I have been so happy that books, movies and tv shows that revolve around the 80s are popular now, it’s so nostalgic 😀. Great review! 👍

Bewitched Reader Book Blog said...

I've never heard of this one, so you're not the last person in the world to read it! I also didn't know there was a movie about it coming out. I'm so out of the loop, haha!

Jo Linsdell said...

I've seen this book everywhere but have yet to read it myself. Moving it up on my TBR list now.

DJ Sakata said...

You are not the last as I haven't read it either, I was warned about the ending so I skipped it, but maybe I shouldn't have?

Whispering Stories said...

You are definitely not the last, as I've never read it. I've heard very mixed reviews about it. Some great, some really bad. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Allie Bock said...

Your review is excellent! I want to add it to my TBR list! It almost sounds similar to The Matrix.

Norrie said...

Oh, i loved this book! :)
Kinda wish i could play that game... :D

Book Ink Reviews said...

I have heard so dang much about this book! I think it's time I finally pick it up.

Terri said...

The world building in the book is amazing, but I didn't really like everything else. The long passages of narrative are too much for my ADD brain these days.

Heidi said...

I have never read this book but interested in seeing the movie. I wonder how it will compare.

Megan @ Ginger Mom said...

This one is sitting on my shelf, just waiting to be picked up. Great review!

Nikki Saturday Nite Reader said...

100% agreed with you! It was a wild ride and normally I am not a fan of audiobooks, but I listened to this one. I mean, Wil Wheaton as narrator - yes, please! I can't wait for the movie in March!!!