Friday, December 12, 2014

Book Review: Ready Player One

In November, I joined The Chronicles Book Club, a virtual book club on Goodreads headed up in part by my pal, Mia.  Our first book was Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.  Here is a synopsis of the book from Goodreads:

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?

This book is totally not something I would have picked up on my own.  However, once I got into it, I found it very entertaining.  There were stretches of the book where I simply could not wait to find out what happened next.  And there were a few stretches that left me wondering if I would be able to muddle through to the end.  As a result, I gave the book three stars.  If you love the 80's, you will enjoy this book immensely.  If you like a good adventure story, you will enjoy this book immensely.  If you prefer something a little more grounded in reality, it might not be the book for you.  Upon finishing it, I recommended it to a co-worker and a couple others that I thought might like it.  I'd say definitely worth a read, but be prepared for some corny storylines along the way.

Andrea :)

1 comment:

  1. Love your review, Andrea! :) I definitely agree that some parts of the book move quickly and are action-packed and you can't wait to find out what happens. I really enjoyed it for the 80s nostalgia factor. And Wade spoke to my inner introvert, I suppose. :) So great to hear your thoughts on the book, thanks for sharing!! xo