Book Review: Ready Player One

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So I’m back again with yet another book review, I know I should be getting you more real posts , but I have been so caught up with vlogging that I simply can’t be bothered to write lately. I may talk more about this in another post but back to the real reason you are here.

I recently finished up Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This was his debut novel which has been getting quite a bit of hype since it released and even more hype since the movie will be coming out in March 2018 and the first trailer dropped at San Diego Comic Con this year.

This book had been highly recommended to me by several people including my boss, Matt, and a few other friends. I do have to say though if you are not into video games, computers, or the 80’s you may hate this book. The quick and dirty synopsis of this book: In the year 2044, we have basically used up all our resources and the majority of people are poor. Not only that, the internet has become huge and all consuming that it is now called the OASIS. Seriously, all consuming so much so that no one really interacts in real life anymore. The creator of the OASIS, James Halliday, decides to pull a Willy Wonka and hide the “golden ticket” within the Oasis. You could only find the golden ticket by figuring out the riddle he left in his last will and testament. The protaganist is a teenage boy named Wade Watts, who grew up mostly in the OASIS and has become obsessed with finding the golden ticket. One day Wade happens to figure out the answer to the first riddle and so the story begins.

I enjoyed the book as someone who grew up through the 80’s and 90’s and spent a good chunk of time with video gamer friends. I understand the premise of the book and am highly looking forward to the movie, but like so many people am worried about how things will be changed in the movie. One thing that I didn’t like was that it took you to page 70 before the book got really interesting. I was totally shocked at the plot twist for one of the characters at the end, but that’s all I’ll say on that. I’ll definitely have to brush up on my 80’s pop culture references before seeing the movie.

Let me know if you have read this book and what you thought of it, or if you are just planning on watching the movie. I hope to see you soon with another post!

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