by Ernest Cline
Gamer nerd alert! 80’s babies raise your hands. Now, I wasn’t born until 1986, however, I love all 80’s & 90’s geek genre pop culture. And I’m a huge Star Wars fan, so I figured…..maybe I would like this book. Even though it was completely different from Star Wars, I enjoyed this cyber -punk dystopia. As the back of the book says, “In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place,” which is where this adventure starts.
Ernest Cline does a fulfilling job of showing us how our world could be if we forget how to interact in real life and become completely dependent on the elation of virtual reality. However, main character, Wade Watts can escape reality in this digital world of OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation). In reality, Wade is a very poor, 18-year-old, whose daily life is consumed in trying to learn and figure out everything that has to do with the OASIS and it’s creator, James Halliday. Why? Because…..
Halliday, who has died without an heir to his creation, designs a treasure hunt of sorts, by hiding what similarly is an Easter egg inside OASIS. Whoever finds it, inherits everything he owns. (I’m already getting carried away with myself). So what does Halliday do…before he dies? Duh! Of course, he hides three keys inside OASIS to helps hunters find the egg. People get obsessed for like five years. Insert insanely entertaining adventure for Wade Watts. Then, add a little avatar lovie -dovie flirting. Plus, awesome 80’s pop culture themed puzzles and references throughout the game…. argh, hooked me every chapter! (in a good way).
Ernest Cline is a ridiculously talented crazy fantasia genius! His writing is so descriptive and literally sucks you into the OASIS world bit by bit. How he was able to take all these futuristic, avatar, virtual thoughts, put it on paper, and still make it thrilling in a million ways, amazes me! Ah! Overload.
Clearly, Steven Spielberg had to jump on these film rights. Which means, oh….yes…. we have to wait until March 2018 to see it! Perfect…2 years in the future…no problem. At least you’ll have plenty of time to read the book.
Add Ready Player One: A Novel to your bookshelf. A must read for proud geeks.