Friday, October 17, 2014

Ready Player One

This might be one of the more difficult reviews to write. Not because I didn't like this book. I love the book. Maybe every time I tried to write, it just wasn't feeling like I was doing the book justice. Anyway...

Ready Player One is a thriller set in a dystopian future of 2044, where civilization is falling apart. Wade Watts, a high school senior, lives in a trailer park. Like everyone on the planet, he spends most of his time logged into the Oasis, an online game which is kind of like the cross between the Sims and World Of Warcraft. But this is more then just a game, It's a virtual reality environment that is so good, it looks nearly like the real world. It's also become so huge, that it has essentially become the internet. It's a virtual alternate reality where you can become whatever you want, even non-human. The best part, is that you explore the Oasis not on a screen, you are immersed in it just like the holodecks in Star Trek. James Halliday was the designer of the Oasis. It made the eccentric programmer one of the richest men in the world. And when he died, he willed his fortune and his controlling stock of his company, to whoever could solve a puzzle in the Oasis. Three keys will unlock three gates. Whoever finishes first gets the prize. After five years, no one made any progress. That is until Wade found the first key.

This book is great. Ernest Cline created a a very rich and believable world. He also wrote a book with so many nerd and 80s references, it's hard to keep track some times. But it's fantastic. Just some FYI, Cline was also the screenwriter for a certain movie called Fanboys. Both are great. And both make you wonder if Cline is a Rush fanboy. But back to the book... Fans of games, nerd culture, and pop culture from the 1980s will find plenty to enjoy with all the references. It's amazing how much Cline works in to the book. And all these things are not just thrown in to be nostalgic, though that is a big part of it. The obsession of the 80's, gaming, and any other nerd stuff that is too long to list in general because there is a lot of it to mention, is part of the quest Halliday invented. Okay, I'm gonna list a little. Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly, Lord of the Rings, ect. Each genre of sci-fi and fantasy literally has it's own world. And in the Oasis you could explore them all. That's not even covering all the references to 80s movies, music, and TV. Halliday's contest made the entire world obsessed with his obsessions

If this review seems all over the place, it's because I don't even know where to begin or end with this book. There is even a film adaption in development.  Though I don't know how they are going to get the rights to even half of the properties that appear in the book. It's going to take some legal legwork to make it happen. But hopefully it does work out.

So let me conclude this mess of a review. Read Ready Player One. It's funny, sad, fun, and just plain good.

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