Synopsis from Penguin Random House:
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.
A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?
In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the OASIS, a vast virtual world where most of humanity spends their days.
When the eccentric creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of fiendish puzzles, based on his obsession with the pop culture of decades past. Whoever is first to solve them will inherit his vast fortune—and control of the OASIS itself.
Then Wade cracks the first clue. Suddenly he’s beset by rivals who’ll kill to take this prize. The race is on—and the only way to survive is to win.
About: Ready Player One is a young adult science fiction written by Ernest Cline. It was published on 8/16/2011 by Crown Publishing, an imprint of Penguin Random House, hardcover, 384 pages. The genres are young adult fantasy, science fiction, adventures, dystopian, and cyberpunk. According to the publisher’s website, “Established in 1933, the Crown imprint is a leading publisher of bestselling fiction and critically acclaimed narrative nonfiction in categories that include biography and memoir, history, science, politics, and current events.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading and listening to an audiobook for Ready Player One on 12/18/2021 and finished it on 12/31/2021. I enjoyed the start of the book, especially when Wade kept it real with his blunt comments about God, Santa Claus, and Easter Bunny’s existence and about fossil fuels as well as life after deaths. Definitely interesting that there are public schools in virtual reality. I enjoyed the humor in this story a lot. I lost interest on some parts of the story, especially where Wade did extensive research, browsed through the dead guy’s house, and learned any information that could be useful for the hunt. However, I enjoyed a lot when there were conversations taken place between Wade and other characters. The narrator did a good job with foreign accents. The story was good with riddles, clues, and problem solving. It reminded me of Da Vinci Code except the other book focused on religion vs science and this book focused on video games.
This book started with a recount about a billionaire’s death and his challenge to his gamers to play the game he created called Oasis. He hid a secret egg in his game and upon his death, whoever find his secret egg first will inherit his entire fortune of 240 billion dollars. This challenge was a contest also called The Hunt or Egg Hunter or Gunter. The egg was impossible to find, until 5 years later, year 2045, an 18 year old found the copper key, one of 3 (copper, jade, and clear crystal). Then the story began following Wade. He was raised and babysat by Oasis, a virtual-reality life. Both of his parents died when he was younger at different stages of his life. Wade along with so many other Gunters were interested in hunting for the secret egg. There was a company who wanted to find the egg badly and would kill competitors for it. They attempted to kill Wade after he refused to help them find the copper key that got him first place on the leaderboard. Wade has a best friend named Aech in Oasis where he had never met in real life. The Oasis was an escape for many people because life on Earth was not so pleasant.
Ready Player One was well written. Anyone born in the 70s or earlier may be more familiar with the 80s because this book was all about the 80s. I’m familiar with some but not everything and video games were not really my thing. I played Pac Man yes but I was never any good at it. I always lose my quarter too quick. It’s awesome how some people can play for hours at an arcade with just a quarter. This book has a lot of rave especially when there’s a movie that I decided to recommend my 10 year old son to read it because I thought it was just video games but it had a lot of swearing, too much for my liking. He’s done with reading both books while I’m just finishing with book 1. I do like the part on fitness but there was that part about virtual brothels that make me worry about letting my son watch the movie. Wade’s pep talk to himself was super harsh but he sounded smart and always strategizing. I can never rehearse word for word even if I watch one movie a thousand times. I’m not sure if anyone can. There was a twist at the end when Wade got to meet Aech. Definitely caught me off guard. The futuristic technology was definitely out there. An interesting read nonetheless and I’m glad to finally read it.
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Author:
Ernest Cline is a #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, screenwriter, father, and full-time geek. He is the author of the novels Ready Player One and Armada and co-screenwriter of the film adaptation of Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg. His books have been published in over fifty countries and have spent more than 100 weeks on The New York Times bestsellers list. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, a time-traveling DeLorean, and a large collection of classic video games. (Photo and info obtained from Penguin’s website).
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***Disclaimer: I borrowed a copy of this book from my local public library. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.