Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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★★★★★

“I created the OASIS because I never felt at home in the real world. I didn’t know how to connect with the people there. I was afraid, for all of my life, right up until I knew it was ending. That was when I realized, as terrifying and painful as reality can be, it’s also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real.”
― Ernest Cline, Ready Player One

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline surprised me. Not being into video games at all, I would have never thought that I was going to enjoy this book as much as I did. I’ve never read this type book and really enjoyed it, not because of the topic, but because of the author’s writing style. Very engaging.

The plot is a curious mix of past and future, a sort of Willie Wonka but with video games. It is about friendship, acceptance, inclusion and being courageous enough to live in the real world. The action was very exciting and there were a lot of great plot twists.

I didn’t realize this book was classified as YA, it didn’t feel like it, until somewhere around the 75% point and then something shifted. And then, and then and then… Still a 5 star in my book!

Ready Player One, the movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, is in the pre-production stage and, according to IMDB, has a tentative release date in 2018. I’m excited to see it, already!

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