Book Title: Ready Player One
Book Author: Ernest Cline
Page Count: 374
Publishing Date: August 16th, 2011
Publisher: Broadway Books
Date Read: April 7th, 2018
Ready Player One was an exciting ride! It was full of twists and turns and adventure! It had action, passion, and tons of fun 80’s references!
I really, really enjoyed this one! I’ve seen so many mixed reviews, so I didn’t know how I would feel when I got in to it. I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of creativity there was to the story, and I LOVED all the 80’s references! I mean, not many people have even heard of Real Genius, and Cline found a way to bring up one of my favorite movies several times in the book, so that gets an A+ from me!
Yes, there were A LOT of 80’s references, and for most books, pop culture references just don’t work, but they were so fun in this one. The main point of the references was to show Halliday’s love for the decade, and to show how his mind worked with puzzles, riddles, and clues when it came to creating the OASIS and the Easter Egg Hunt. The references also led to the complexity of the world building because the OASIS had so much future tech involved in its creation, and yet most of it revolved around 80’s nostalgia. It was a pleasant mix of past and future that created an intriguing paradox.
The story itself was so well written. It was fast paced, intense, and exhilarating. It had the excitement of Wade jumping in to the world and going on the Easter Egg Hunt. It offered a lot of enjoy-ability for gamers, and those in the fandoms of everything referenced in the book, but it also offered depth and dimension to non-gamers. Cline did a great job of explaining the game mechanics of the OASIS, and the mechanics of most games in general, but he also spoke on a higher level on the stigma of gaming, the stereotyping involved with the gaming world, and some of the reasons behind why people game and seek out enjoyment in virtual worlds.
There was a heavy message on the effects of gaming obsession, and also a great message of not assuming a certain type, or gender, of person is more prone to play, or even be proficient, at video games. There was also a heavy theme of getting to know someone as a person and loving them despite their appearance, and I really fell in love with how Cline tied all of this in to the action packed story.
There were so many amazing details that went in to creating this story! The world building was massive, and so well done. I could see everything so clearly, but the most important aspects of the story were the characters.
I loved Wade and his anti-social self. I loved how self conscious he was but how he was able to still look past appearances when it came to making friends. I loved Aech’s personality and confidence. I loved Art3mis and how badass she was, just blowing away the male gamer stereotype, and I loved how Daito and Shoto brought a little of their culture in to the gaming world.
I admit, the book had its problems. Some things felt too easy for Wade. Some of the game obstacles seemed entirely too unrealistic, there was A LOT going on at times, and there was an awkward scene talking about a doll and “self-love,” but, the story had depth and dimension. It was exciting and creative, and it was highly enjoyable! I’d definitely recommend it and will be reading it again in the future. 4.5 stars!
Thank you to Blogging for Books for providing me with this free copy in exchange for my honest review!
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