Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (review)

Series: Standalone
Genre: Dystopian
Book Length: 372 pages
Publication Date: June 5th, 2012 (Original Publication date: August 16th, 2011)
Publisher: Broadway Books
Format: Paperback
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.

 This is one of the best books that I have ever read in my life. There is just so much in this novel and this was just a whole lot of fun. This is one of those rare books that has a little bit of everything that everyone can like, and it also is one of the only books I read where I felt like I was in the world of this book.
The characters were developed really well, the romance was not in-your-face but you enjoy it and love watching it work out. The 80s' pop culture references were fascinating and make me learn from three decades ago. And the world was just so intriguing and learning about what happened was really interesting and it made me completely get sucked into the book and want to stay in it forever.

There is literally nothing negative that I can think of about this book. I do want to put out the disclaimer that this book does contain a lot of swear words, so if you are uncomfortable with that I recommend waiting to pick this book up, but if not then stop what you are doing and pick this book up now.

Ernest Cline manages to sprinkle a little bit of everything in this book that can make anyone love this book. There is a little bit of romance, a lot of pop culture references (especially referring to the eighties), action and adventure and so much more, and that is why I give this book a full 5/5 stars.

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