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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
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Sep 03, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011-read, 2012-read
Read from August 28 to September 01, 2012 , read count: 2

Every now and then I hear about a book through various sources and think, 'you know what, that sounds rather good.' What inevitably happens then is that it slips to the back of my mind where it will stay until a little reminder comes up. This is exactly what happened with Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, so I dug out the book from the to-read pile and kept it in plain site so I would know to pick it up next. I started reading it one evening and a couple of days later it was done and dusted - and would have been sooner if it wasn't for that pesky thing called work! Actually, reading is a word that cannot be effectively used to describe the experience I had with Ready Player One. Absorbed? Devoured? Whatever, it's fair to say that I enjoyed this book immensely!

Wade lives in the real world, but spends his time mostly in OASIS, learning at a virtual school and hanging out with his friends. Wade is also a gunter, an egg-hunter, the main objective of which is to find Halliday's clues and win the legendary quest. However, Wade is but one person among millions who are also searching for the clues, some like himself working alone, some in clans working together to share the prize, and one big company hell-bent on inheriting the OASIS and turning it in to nothing more than a money making business, abandoning all that it was built for.

And one day Wade finds the first piece of the puzzle, a piece that nobody else has found in the years since Halliday's death. And then the quest begins in earnest, others following him and tracking down the clues for themselves. When those that want the prize above all else turn nasty it has consequences in the real world, and the prize must be kept from their hands at any cost. And so the rush is on, who will get the keys, beat the quests and find what the much wanted prize really is...

Ready Player One hits just about all the right spots for me as a reader. The story is great, the characters interesting, the world in which it's set fascinating, and the prose makes you want to keep on reading. And reading. And reading. I had to force myself to put this book down when I had to, and for me that's exactly what I want in a novel. Wade, Aech, Art3mis - they fit perfectly into this story, are well fleshed out and seem to grow and evolve as the story progresses. It's fair to say that I found pretty much everything within Ready Player One to be damned near perfect.

One of the big things I liked about Ready Player One was the OASIS. Lets be frank, it's pretty much the pinnacle of entertainment. Imagine being able to escape to a virtual reality with thousands of worlds to explore, even more quests to take part in, and just an immense amount of stuff to do. Ready Player One touches on all the things I would be doing - questing, game playing, world building, taking part in classic movies, and many, many other things. Cline manages to make it interesting beyond these things. The technology works as you'd imagine, the virtual world is what you'd expect, and above all else their is no limit to his imagination.

With Halliday being an 80's kinda guy the novel is firmly rooted in that decade as far as the nostalgia, geekiness, and nerdisms go. And with his legacy up for grabs it makes perfect sense that so many people would embrace that era and study it to death. There are things here that go over my head for sure, but I'm geeked up enough to know a great deal of the references and enjoy them fully. The prose oozes charm and nostalgia, and once you start reading you'll find it nigh on impossible to put it down.

I loved Ready Player One. It took me back to my youth, brought back the memories of more innocent times. Many of the quotes you'll read about the book will say similar things, and for good reason: Ready Player One is the type of novel that doesn't come around very often. It may have a smaller target audience due to its central theme, but it's safe to say that Ready Player One is one of the most entertaining, enjoyable, funny and nostalgic books I have read in a very long time. I nerdgasmed throughout!
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