149 – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player OneOK.  So here’s a book that has been raved about in my book club.  After hearing more about the plot and reading the summary, I bought this book for Don.  He’s a big Orson Scott Card fan and of The Ender’s Game series.  Knowing that, I figured it’d be a good choice for him.  He LOVED it.  After finishing it, he told me I had to pick it up and start it.  So I did.  Here’s the Goodreads summary.

“Part quest, part romance, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

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?

Really enjoyed this book! It was very cool to see how Halliday created the OASIS and how he created his hunt for the egg. I really liked Wade/Parzival as a main character. As well as Aech and Art3mis. In fact, I liked how Halliday, himself, was almost another character, too. The hunt was very cool. I liked that it wasn’t just a hunt, but a real quest where you had to know such random tidbits of knowledge.

The OASIS itself was pretty sweet. It’s amazing to think of the crazy technology that would exist to make the OASIS possible.

All in all, if you like sci-fi, video games, or are just a big fan of the 80s, you’ll like this book.

My husband LOVED this book and I’m glad I read it too. I know there are plenty of people I’ll recommend it to as well.


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