Ready Player One By Ernest Cline
Genre: Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Publisher: Broadway Books
Description from Amazon:
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.
But 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 Review: I hate video games. I am constantly raging war against them in my home, trying to get my kids to do something more productive. I almost didn’t give this book a chance after throwing down the moola for it when I realized it was about gaming.
It turns out that Ernest Cline reminded me of why I love to read.
I love it when I get so involved with characters and the world they live in that I feel as though I’m right there with them, experiencing what they’re experiencing. I love it when a book is so filled with suspense and action that it is a wild ride from the first page till the very end. Cline so perfectly described this virtual world and the lives of those participating in it. Stop! Stop what you’re doing right now and buy this book and read it.
A few of my favorite quotes from Ready Player One:
“I’d come to see my rig for what it was: an elaborate contraption for deceiving my senses, to allow me to live in a world that didn’t exist. Each component of my rig was a bar in the cell where I had willingly imprisoned myself.”
“I’m not crazy about reality, but it’s still the only place to get a decent meal.”
“So I’m supposed to believe you’re one of those mythical guys who only cares about a woman’s personality, and not about the package it comes in?”
“I had a serious cute-geeky-girls-playing-ukuleles fetish that I can neither explain nor defend.”
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!