Sunday, February 17, 2013

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player OneRelease Date: August 16, 2011
Publisher: Random House NY
Page Number: 374
Format: Paperback
Source: Own

Synopsis: 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.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved--that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt--among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life--and love--in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

My Review
You know that book that you never want to put down, because you're afraid you'll miss something? The one that you'll reccomend to all of your friends, whether they read or not? Well, Ready Player One is that book. This book was crazy awesome and totally great!
Wade is an awesome character. He lives his entire life inside the OASIS, only coming out when he absolutely needs to. At first, I didn't really know what to think of him. He didn't have any close contact with any of the people around him, and he spent all his time in a virtual game. But as the book went on, I realized that Wade was really funny. He would sometimes say a funny comment and it made me laugh. And closer to the end of the book, I realized that he was smart and super crazy. He came up with these out-of-this-world plans that fit together perfectly, that you would think would fail. I also really liked Art3mis, especially after Wade got to know her. She was a total kick but character and I loved that!
The plot of this book was so intricate and complex. There was so much stuff that happening, and there were times that the characters would do something that seemed pointless, that would play a major roll in how the end of the book turned out. Being inside the virtual world of the OASIS was really cool, because we got to imagine what a wonderful game it was. There was also a ton of action, as you can probably imagine, and I didn't want to put the book down.
Ernest Cline did a fantastic job creating the world. After reading Ready Player One, I felt like the OASIS was a real game, because he did a great job describing and depiciting it. He made me feel like I was inside the game and watching from the sidelines as Wade went through his quest to win Halliday's treasure. He also did a great job of creating his characters, because they actually seemed real and not like cookie cutter characters.
Rating: 5/5 worms

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