Hello Readers, I just finished reading Ready Player One and it changed my life. I absolutely loved this book. It is probably my favorite book I read this year, because I liked this book so much I decided I was going to write a discussion review, The first half of this review will not contain any spoilers but the second half will.
Publisher: Broadway Books
Date Published: June 5th 2012 (First Published 2011)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 bubbles (New Favorite)
GoodReads Description: It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. 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.
A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?
Review (No Spoilers): I absolutely fell in love with book and I’m mad at myself it took me this long to read it. It sucked me in the minute I opened it. I loved almost everything about this book especially all the references to some of my favorite movies like War Games. I also love the journey it sends you on not only for the Egg, but the journey of Wades life and his character development. I wish I would have actually played some of the games that are mentioned in the book. It makes me want to start collecting vintage video games. I have played some but not many. I highly recommend this book, it is definitely one of my favorite books I read this year, if not ever. I cannot wait to see the movie coming out next year.
Review *SPOILER WARNING*
Pretty much one of the only things I didn’t like about this book was the pity party Wade through for himself for most of the book. I didn’t really mind in the beginning when we were learning his back story. It fit because we were learning about him. I hated it in the middle after Art3mis “Broke-Up” with him. On that note I would like to talk about some other elements of the book. As soon as Wade started talking about how he loved reading Art3mis’s Blog. I knew we were going to meet her sometime during the book and knew she was going to be his love interest. I would like to point out that I felt like after they did meet their relationship went from 0 to 100 real quick, maybe that is why I didn’t understand Wade’s pity party. As soon as the High Five met for the first time I was begging for them to team together to defeat the Sixers. If you have read the book you know eventually they do sorta “Team” up in the end. That is the next thing, When Wade started his plan I was slightly confused. I had no idea what was going on, I thought I had missed something. Then, as I read on I understood what was happening. When we met Aech for the first time I had this gut feeling that he was a girl. As soon as he said that he does not look like you expect I knew I was right. I loved the ending, It left me wanting more but more in a good way.
(Still Spoiler Warning) Lastly I would like to talk about some random thoughts I have. I just looked up the cast list and the actor that is playing Art3mis does not have a Port Wine Stain. I really hope they include that in the movie. I felt like that had a big impact on how she felt about her self. I also hope they keep the real identities of the High Five a secret until the end just like the book. Finally, I seen that Ernest Cline retweeted a tweet that was a picture of a guy who got the score board tattooed on him and it lowkey makes me want to also get a Ready Player One tattoo.