Saturday 16 August 2014

Ready Player One


Ready Player one
by Ernest Cline
374 Pages
Published by  Random House, 2011

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.

I loved this book. It kept me entertained and I couldn’t put it down. It quickly became one of my favorite books.
Ready Player One is an awesome story of good guys beat bad in an epic game world called OASIS. If you’re a fan of Sword Art Online either the novels or the Anime you will draw a couple of parallels in the type of game. It was one of my first thoughts of the book, not a bad thing though because the rest of the book is completely different.
The characters where great and we even got a hint of romance in this geeky book, slightly unneeded but a nice little add on as personally I’m a sucker for a bit of romance. This book comments on tons of 80’s games, tv shows, movies, anime and all sorts of other pop culture, so if you an 80’s junky read this book.
It touches on issues of gamers often being hermits, how cheats never win in the end, friendship, love triangles, murder and there's even a hint of servitude. The only complaint I have about this book is it’s such a slow read compared to most, there is just a constant flow of information that you need to take time to take it in. If you’re looking for a quick read this is not the book for you, but if you’re looking for something to take your time on and savor this is the book for you.

5 out of 5 Stars

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