Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Book Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Rating: 5/5

"Going outside is highly overrated." - Anorak's Almanac, Chapter 17, Verse 32

I loved this book, but probably for all the wrong reasons because I want OASIS now. I'm totally fine living my entire life locked away connected to a virtual world...

Imagine a not so future world, where most people live their lives connected to a virtual universe called OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation). You wake up in the morning, put on your visor, gloves, bodysuit and log in. You spend your day inside OASIS where you can go to work, school, play games, socialize, order food, find love, be creative, start a business (many money opportunities there), and be anyone or anything you want. OASIS is utopia which allows humanity to retreat from the dismal world outside their windows which is suffering from famine, violence and an economic recession and the best thing? OASIS is free! (well, access is free, but you gotta pay for cool stuff, just like the real world)

The creator of OASIS, billionaire, James Halliday, a recluse, ubber nerd in the most supreme and admiring way recently died and left his millions to the first person to solve his puzzle/treasure hunt, which can only be solved inside the universe of OASIS. Everyone (I mean, everyone) joins in and starts looking and looking and looking. Five years later no one has found the first clue, that is until high school student Wade Watts.

We follow Wade as he partakes in the quest of winning the game hidden in clues from 1980's pop culture. Yes, the 80s. For those of us who remember the 80s this will be a fun ride for you. I think this is one of those love it or hate it books, but most likely you'll love it (probably not as much as me, but hey, I'm a weirdo).

"Jim always wanted everyone to share his obsessions, to love the same things he loved." - Ready Player One

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