{Effie Reviews} Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Posted May 25, 2015 by Effie in Reviews / 0 Comments

{Effie Reviews} Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

by Ernest Cline
Published on August 16th, 2011
by Crown Publishers
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Ready Player One, Armada, Armada

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.

5 Stars

Ready Player One is one of those books I can read over and over again and never get bored with it. This book appealed so much to my nerdy nature and I absolutely loved all the 80’s references, hell I’ve even watched or played some of the tv shows or video games mentioned in the book. I might be a 90’s child, but during my childhood a lot of 80’s shows and video games were still around for everyone to enjoy.

Now let’s get to the story. It’s the year 2044 and the world has been shot to hell. Poverty, famine and minor wars are common occurences and there’s a Global Energy Crisis going one, that most people just want to ignore. How do they do that? Well, by spending almost every waking minute inside OASIS, a virtual reality created by James Halliday, an eccentric and introverted game designer and owner of GSS, along with his partner Ogden Morrow. But when James Halliday dies, he leaves behind very specific instructions. The first person to find his hidden Easter Egg inside OASIS will inherit his entire fortune and a controlling share of GSS. And so the Hunt begins.

Wade Watts, like most young people his age, spends most of his time logged into OASIS and he’s obssessed with James Halliday Easter Egg Hunt and he is a true Gunter (Egg Hunter). So when he’s the first to obtain the Copper Key after five years of nobody figuring out Halliday’s puzzles and clues, all hell breaks loose. And Wade soon finds, that some people are more than willing to kill, in order to win the contest.

Even with the infodumps, Ready Player One was so easy to get into to. I didn’t have any problems following anything that happened and I loved the quest-like nature of the contest. I loved seeing how Wade/Parzival put together all the clues and riddles to find the Copper Key and the the First Gate and of course all the Keys and Gates after.

As for the characters, Wade Watts/ Parzival (in OASIS) is a very relatable character and I really like him. Because despite this being set in the “future”, his struggles, thoughts and actions throughout the book gave me so many feels, because in some situations, I knew exactly how he felt, because I’ve been there and that’s what I liked so much about him. Then we have Aech, who’s awesome and funny and I like “him” a lot. Then we have of course Art3mis, she’s the lonely geeky girl, in a world filled with geeky guys and I like her attitude and spunk. And of course we’ve got our residents Japanese geeks, Daito and Shoto and OMG I was so sad when that thing happened to Daito! 🙁 Of course we have the bad guys too, IOI, and Nolan Sorrento in particular, I hate that guy.

So if you liked the 80’s and video games, you will definitely enjoy this book. Because it is filled with them. I got most of them (though certainly not all) because I’m a geek and as a child I watched a lot of 80’s shows and even played a few old coin-up games (PAC-MAN!!!!! LOL :D) that sat around in the local arcade, so yeah, this book was definitely my kind of thing. SO for all the geeks and nerds who love 80’s and tv shows and video games of that period, you should definitely give this book a try, because it’ll blown your mind.

Ready Player One is one a kind and I don’t think I’ll find something like this for a while. I loved this book so much and it has a permanent spot on my “comfort-books-list”. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone, even those who don’t know much about the 80’s or video games, I’m sure this book will rock your world.


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