Author: Ernest Cline
Genres: Sci-Fi, YA, Dystopia, Fantasy
Published: June 5, 2012
Retail Price: $14.00
“It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.
And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them.
For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.
And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.
Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?” – Goodreads
Ready Player One is about Wade Watts, a teenager from Oklahoma City (like me!) who is in the hunt for James Halliday’s egg, the creator of the virtual reality world OASIS, who has just recently died. This hunt leads Wade into lots of danger, new relationships, and so many unbelievable encounters all surrounding his love for video games, books, and movies.
Just to get the “ugly” out-of-the-way; the only thing that even slightly annoyed me about this was that it could get slightly repetitive. It may have been the fact that they were trying to get the point across but I noticed it so I had to mention it.
First of all, the world was built so well. Every aspect was done up to the tee and you could tell that Cline did his research and some. Yes, possible he knew all this information about this movies and video games but the whole novel just seemed like a recounting of some teenage boys life instead of a made up story. I could feel myself watching a live feed of Wade playing this game while also getting access to his thoughts. An aspect of the world I like a lot was how the almanac plays into the story like the Bible. This also ties into the fact that Cline isn’t afraid to address atheist opinions and many other important topics like schools falling apart, female teachers not being respected, unemployment rising.
(Possibly a spoiler) The romance wasn’t my favorite until the very end of the book. I love both of the characters but because it takes place over a virtual reality I couldn’t fully ship it. I enjoyed that Art3mis also grasped this fact and tried to get Wade to understand that but I think she played into it a little too much for me to believe that she actually thought that.
My favorite friendship is between Aech and Wade because of how honest it is. These characters put together are like the best duo anyone could ask for (y’know, “name a better duo, I’ll wait. One of those). Their connection was so well portrayed through words that I could feel their friendly love for each other coming through the pages. And I mean, Aech is my favorite character from this book and my newest bookish boyfriend so that added a lot to it too.
As for other characters, I really loved Art3mis too. She was so smart and brilliant and the best representative for girl power in this book because she was not afraid to be a geek. As far as our main character… He was our main character? He didn’t have much going for him for me to be obsessive over except for the fact that he was really smart on top of all his typical teenage boy tendencies. Each character had a story behind them to build complexity no matter when it was introduced. The virtual reality aspect really helped play into this because since the avatars aren’t actually these characters there was always something to learn.
Since this book is soon to be a movie. I think its safe to say that this book would be an amazing book if executed correctly. I think Stephen Spielberg will do an amazing job and I pray that my newest favorite book won’t be ruined when adapted.
“The facts were right there… hidden in old books written by people who weren’t afraid to be honest,” (16).
“‘Do you know how little a school administrator makes a year…? It’s scandalous,'” (143).
“That’s because most gunters are male, and they can’t accept the idea that a woman has beaten and/or outsmarted them,” (170).
“I’m supposed to believe that you’re one of those mythical guys who only care about a woman’s personality, and not about the package it comes in?” (170).
“‘No one in the world ever gets what they want and that is beautiful,'” (199).