What’s happen’en?! Today, we take a trip back to the 80’s to review a totally righteous, schweet, sick, tubular book. Okay, okay, all 80’s slang aside today is a review on Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this stand alone novel, and figured it was time to buy a copy and immerse myself in the culture of the 80’s. I also figured that due to the film adaptation, being directed by the incomparable Steven Spielberg, is motor’in into theaters on March 30, 2018, it should jump up a few spots on my TBR (If you’re anything like me and need to read the book before seeing the movie, there is still time.) Am I excited to see this book transformed into a movie? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
The year, 2044. The world, on the verge of chaos. And for Wade Watts, finding the egg left behind by the creator of the OASIS is a matter of life and death. Studying the puzzles and clues left behind by the creators obsession with the 1980’s, Wade races friend and foe alike to see the one word everyone is searching for, “Winner.”
What a truly epic ride.
When I first went into this novel I definitely thought that the referencing of all things 80’s would way down the plot, but in fact it had me eagerly going to Google to, of all things, research. I was not born in the 80’s, and while I got some of the references, I found that having to go back to passages and look them up made me appreciate the story more. Heck, it was like Cline was making me into Wade finding the egg, or in this case 80’s trivia, in OASIS.
Wade was by far one of the funnier characters I’ve read about this past year, and he has genuinly made me want to search out like-minded characters. His interactions with his friends both in OASIS and in the real world really rang true to today’s world.
The takeaway of this book that hit close to home was the idea that Art3mis could have very well been a 40-year-old man sitting in his mother’s basement passing himself off as a girl. This rings so true in the digital age, given that one of the first things we learn about Internet safety is to trust no one, and it’s nice to see a ‘harder’ issue being explored in an otherwise ‘lighthearted’ science fiction novel.
Finally, I found Cline’s ability to write long passages about the in’s and out’s of the OASIS to be gravitating. I tend to skip over drawn out descriptions of the world in which the story is based, however, this was not the case with Ready Player One.
I cannot wait to pick up more of Cline’s work. The next one I think I’ll grab is Armada, have you read it? If so what did you think?
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.