Reading Ready Player One is like stumbling upon the ultimate treasure when you've gone into a hidden dungeon not expecting to find much more than Rupe...moreReading Ready Player One is like stumbling upon the ultimate treasure when you've gone into a hidden dungeon not expecting to find much more than Rupees. This book is an addiction that I couldn't put down. The opening line snagged me, the first chapter reeled me in, the whole of the book entranced me. I have recommended this book to dozen's of people. I'll continue to recommend it because it is THAT GOOD.
In Ready Player One the world has become obsessed with every aspect of the 1980's in order to find a treasure hidden in the virtual world known as the OASIS. The OASIS began as a massive multiplayer online game that morphed into the global virtual network where the world works, lives, and learns. The richest man in the world and the creator of OASIS, James Halliday, has died. In his will he bequeaths his fortune to the first person who can locate the "Easter Egg" he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS. The catch? First they have to find the three keys, copper, jade, and crystal, based on a clue that Halliday sent out in a "last will and testimony" video to every user on the OASIS. A clue full of 1980's references from pop songs to television shows to video games. Instantly the world becomes obsessed with finding the keys to the fortune. Egg Hunters, or "Gunters" as they call themselves, have been searching for Halliday's treasure for five years.
The main character in Ready Player One is an out of shape high school student named Wade Watts who goes by Parzival in the world of OASIS. He lives in one of the trailer towers on the edge of a dwindling city in a rapidly dying world. Resources have been used up, employment revolves around the OASIS, with only a few coveted "real" jobs being available. People live of stipends and electrical usage. Like so many others, Parzival only feels alive when he's jacked into the OASIS. He is a self proclaimed Gunter, who has been looking for Halliday's treasure since he was a boy by studying the puzzles hidden within the digital world and the pop culture references of decades past. In his final year of high school the unthinkable happens, Parzival finds the first key.
Suddenly a scoreboard that has remained blank, but still watched by the world, shows Parzival's name in the number one slot. From here on out the race is on! Parzival finds himself the target of the IOI, players called Sixers, players willing to kill, not only his avatar, but his real life body to take the richest prize in the world. Parzival has uneasy alias in Aech, Art3mis, Daito, and Shoto. When things start to go bad Wade will have to come to terms with the reality he has been so desperate to escape from, but can he come out a victor? Or will he parish now that the Sixers and other Gunters are following his trail?
Yes, this book is based heavily on 80's pop culture references and virtual reality terms, but at it's heart this book is about people. Characters who are alone and searching for something more than themselves. This book is amazing. It is a twisted bit of storytelling that will entrance you and make you want more. Read it. Don't be surprise if you end up reading it two, three, or four more times just because you don't want to leave the world Mr. Cline has created. (less)