Guys, I’ve only read 43 books so far this year and some of them were pretty awesome. But this is one that I know almost 100% will end up on my list of favorite books of 2012. Ready Player One was incredibly unique, fun, and epic. Kudos, Mr. Cline. Kudos. (Oh, and major thanks to Red for her awesome review, cause it totally made me want to read this book. I was going to skip it because of the hype, but I’m so glad I bought and read it!)
So, Ready Player One is set in the kinda-distant future in which the world has completely gone to shit (notice the stacked mobile homes on the cover? Yeah people live in those.) and most people spend most of their time in the virtual reality of OASIS. Well, when the creator of OASIS dies, he leaves his mega-fortune to whoever can complete a contest, a hunt for an Easter Egg that he hid in OASIS. When Wade (AKA Parzival, as he’s known in OASIS) finally figures out the first clue of the contest and his name goes on the Scoreboard, the race is on to win before the bad guys. His life may depend on it.
Holy CRAP this book was impressive. Absolutely fantastic world building. I was completely taken away with the world that Ernest Cline created, and didn’t want to put the book down. But when I did have to, because my social schedule was annoyingly busy this week, I couldn’t stop talking about it and telling people about it. I got at least three people I know wanting to borrow it. And I didn’t even mention the pop culture aspect of it yet! Yes, there was lots of 80’s pop culture references, plus some more recent ones. I got excited about all the ones that I recognized, cause let’s face it – as a person born in the late 80’s, most of it was a bit over my head. But I was familiar with most of the things mentioned, and it’s not vital to the story to understand the majority of them.
Besides an awesome setting and cool references, the storyline also moved really well. Some huge stuff would go down and I’d be so annoyed that I couldn’t tell anyone about it cause you know, major spoilers. But the story was well-paced and never got dull, and included some big shockers and plot twists.
Wade/Parzival was a good character. He was a young kid and for the most part, I sympathized with him. He was a good person, really smart, and pretty ballsy. Sometimes he got a little whiny, but then he’d check himself and get that mess under control again. There was also a fun cast of secondary characters, and considering those characters are just shown to you (the reader) as avatars in the OASIS, it was surprising how well you got to know and like each one. Oh and the baddies! Maaaaaaannnn. Screw those guys. I obviously can’t go into detail, but they were some evil mofos.
You gotta read Ready Player One. What’s not to love? It was so much fun, and I’m sure I’ll recommend it again and again.
Sarah Says: 5 stars