Yes, please ~ ‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Cline #Review #COYER

Ready Player One by Ernest ClineI was never into Dungeons and Dragons and don’t care for shoot-em-up games. I was briefly into Myst, but I never liked the claustrophobic feeling I got while playing computer games. I worked at FAO Schwarz (pour one for my homies) a million years ago when Super Mario Brothers came out, and my colleagues and I played it for literally hours at a time on those days that the mall was empty. But now, other than the occasional board/card game (Trouble! Holla), trivia game, Just Dance or Cards Against Humanity game, I pretty much stay away from the kind of stuff that might potentially suck me in. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t get that world, and, thankfully, enjoy the heck out of Ernest Cline’s first book. (And the 80s trivia does not hurt, either.)

It’s around 2041, and Wade Watts is a high school senior who lives in Oklahoma City in the Stacks. The Stacks are about as glamorous as they sound, which is to say, not at all. Ever since the nosedive that humanity has taken in the last generation, there are massive numbers of poor and homeless, hardly any jobs, natural resources are hard to come by and the world plain sucks. If the world didn’t have OASIS, then nothing would be worth living for at all. A free online virtual world, many had decided that it was better to be here than in the real world. The designer, James Halliday, has just died. As he has no heirs or living family, he has decided that whoever finds an Easter Egg* that he’s left somewhere inside OASIS will be the recipient of his billion dollar fortune. The hunt is on, and Wade intends to be the winner. He just has no idea what he is up against.

I already know that Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct the movie version of the story. It will make a fabulous movie if he can secure the rights to all of the music, movies, TV shows, toys, commercials, video games, computers and processed food that is mentioned throughout the story. If this was your decade, you will get to wallow in all things that you enjoyed during that decade (and probably a few things that you didn’t). They are all part of the quest to get to the Easter Egg and claim the prize. It’s written very seriously, but it’s never boring or too heavy. It’s a dark world, but the Easter Egg brings hope to this horrible time.

* “An unexpected or undocumented feature” that can be in a movie, DVD, computer game, etc., “included as a joke or a bonus.” (Google)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was published August 16, 2011. We own this copy.

Rating: 4.5

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Dystopian Action/Adventure Thriller
Ages: 13 and up

COYER Scavenger Hunt #71: Read a book that prominently includes gaming in some way. (5 points)

6 thoughts on “Yes, please ~ ‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Cline #Review #COYER”

    1. The only thing I play these days is Panda Pop on my phone (I *am* on level 592, thank you very much). What suggestions do you have for books in this genre?

      Thanks for following!

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