“Ready Player One By Ernest Cline
Virtual reality in the year 2044 is the setting for this quirky, nerdy book. Wade Watts is our main player who is deep into the virtual reality world of the Oasis. Things have progressed far in our world, it's a grim, dirty, and depressing place to be. Not so when you're plugged into the Oasis. You can pretty much live your whole life there if you choose and most do, going to work, school and trolling for love all from the comfort of their homes. Or un-comfort of their homes which is why they are all there in the first place.
The creator of the Oasis James Halliday has hidden an easter egg within it. He set up an elaborate contest that was to go on after his death that would result in the ultimate prize worth killing for. Wade is one of the Gunters, (computer geeks) who devotes most all of his time in the hunt for, all the while watching out for the baddies that are the Sixers. Wade finds out a lot along the way about himself, his friends, and how he lives his life. One thing though is that James Halliday loved pop culture from the 80's, gotta love this man. This is one wild adventure, the ultimate quest, much like being given the golden ticket to enter the chocolate factory. Don't worry there's a reference to that in there as well.
What a wonderful book! It really had a lot within it. It was a trip down memory lane for me and I'm sure for anyone that grew up during the 80's, or remembers them. I did not think that I would like this book initially since I really was not much of a gamer growing up. I did play a lot of Atari 400, Missile Command, etc. Not to mention the 400 had a "keyboard" and I spent a LOT of time banging out the typing mantra across a blue screen. Oh, those were the days. Regardless of what I thought there was not a reference that I didn't recognize and there are lots of them. I didn't need to be a computer gamer geek to get this at all. I laughed so much at the 80's song and catch phrases that the narrator on the audio played out.
This book also had a serious side at least to me. It's a look at where we came from in our tech savvy world and how we got where we are today. There are pros and cons to everything. It's a look at what the future might hold and how disconnected we all could be. It is very very possible. I did not game when I was younger, however I did play many many many hours of a popular MMORPG called Starwars Galaxies Online, and I will tell you it can consume you. I did not sleep or eat for periods of time. It was a virtual world where I was dealing with real people that you can develop very real relationships with, some that I still have. It has a cost though. Now I do not play, there just isn't time. Facebook can be just as dangerous with it's little games or any other social media.
Overall I recommend this to almost anyone. It is just an utter delight and you won't be disappointed.
Marnie wrote this review Wednesday, April 17, 2013.