Pages: 372 pages
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.
Oh, Ready Player One. How you’ve won a spot in my top 3 books of this year!
I have heard about this book for a LONG time, and I was so excited to pick it up for my Book Clubs November book! However, I started it, and I finished it before November. It made my inner geek squeal with excitement, with it’s many references to SO many video games, movies, music. Everything from Star Wars, Star Trek, Monty Python, Footloose, Howard the Duck, Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club. The list is endless. This book is so full of geek, that my heart burst from happiness. I loved it SO much, and I know its one I am going to be reading over and over again in the upcoming months. It is one of the first books in a long time, that has made me want to dive into it, and be inside it. I want to be a gunter, can we please make this possible?
“I created the OASIS because I never felt at home in the real world. I didn’t know how to connect with the people there. I was afraid, for all of my life, right up until I knew it was ending. That was when I realized, as terrifying and painful as reality can be, it’s also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real.”
This amazing dystopian takes place in 2044, in a world where everything has gone to hell, and the people in the world live in virtual reality more than they do life. OASIS – A free-to-play video game, was created by a man named James Halliday. It is a virtual reality game where the entire world lives, on a daily basis. Everything from shopping, and schooling happen in the game, making it an easy way to escape the world which is ruined around them. Any world you can think of is reachable in game, including Azeroth from World of Warcraft, and buildings such as the Tyrell building from the Blade Runner movie. After passing away, Halliday puts an Easter egg in game, and tells the world to go hunting for it. The first person to find it – would win his entire net worth. And control of the OASIS.
‘Gunters’ ( egg hunters ) are people who spend every day of their lives, hunting for the egg that lies hidden in the game. Among them, is an 18 year old orphan named Wade, Who goes by the name Parzival in the OASIS. The hunt had been going for five years straight, with no one finding the first key, making the hunt slow down with each passing year of no success. When Wade finds the first of three keys needed to unlock the egg, the hunt for the egg becomes rekindled, and everyone who wanted it before, wants it now more than ever. One corporation in particular, IOI (Innovative Online Industries), is trying to get their hands on the egg. If they succeed, the world and game will be changed, and not for the better. Now, with the help of his friends Art3mis, Aech, Daito and Shoto, Wade must try and prevent the egg from getting into the hands of the wrong people. Using the hints left behind by Halliday, Wade and his friends fight to solve the puzzle, having one amazing adventure along the way, in an amazing geek-filled world.
Just writing this review, makes me want to run and reread this book, right now. I loved it. The connections made in this, between so many Fandoms, is absolutely amazing. I recommend it to anyone who loves the 80’s, video games, and anything else geeky you can think of!