This book was freakin’ fabulous.
Ready Player One is about a not-too-distant future where we have run out of fossil fuels, most people are starving and we’ve basically messed up the world in every way we were warned it could be messed up. The characters’ only respite is the OASIS, a virtual world where anything is possible.
This was a thrilling, fast-paced read. It revolves around main character Wade, who joins the hunt for an Easter egg left in the OASIS by its creator. Whoever finds this Easter egg first will inherit control of the OASIS and all the riches that come with it.
‘I couldn’t playtest this particular game, so I worry that I may have hidden my Easter egg a little too well. Made it too difficult to reach. I’m not sure. If that’s the case, it’s too late to change anything now. So I guess we’ll see.’
Funnily enough, the book it reminded me the most of was The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. In both of these stories, the protagonist has a series of clues to solve which all refer to famous works of art: in the case of The Da Vinci Code, it is classical paintings and sculptures; in Ready Player One, it is great musicians, beloved movies and retro video-games. Both characters are being targeted for assassination, which just adds to the thrill of the chase, and the fast-paced style was just very reminiscent of Da Vinci Code for me.
In technical terms, however, Ready Player One is a much better book. Dan Brown’s books are great because they are so driven by plot, but Cline’s book is plot-driven, character-driven and has the special aspect that this is very much the world we could end up with. It feels very real and very possible, and every time the time period was mentioned, I shuddered because this isn’t a silly, sci-fi dystopian future at all: this is what could be happening on Earth 50 years from now.
OK, so this so much a review as a gushing spiel of OMG I LOVED THIS BOOK I CAN’T COPE WITH HAVING FINISHED THIS BOOK NNNNNGH. So let’s mention a couple of things I didn’t like:
- Did we really need a love interest? I didn’t feel it added to the story. It would have been better if it had been Aech that Wade had run into at that particular place where he runs into that particular person. (Trying so hard not to spoil anything here.)
- I just found out there’s going to be a sequel. I liked the fact that this was an excellent standalone novel. WHY DOES EVERYTHING HAVE TO HAVE A SEQUEL? The story is complete and perfect, so stop adding to it.
- A couple of bits confused me, like where Wade’s money came from all of a sudden, and I had to go back and check things a few times. Certain parts could have been made clearer.
Overall, though, this was a great book and I encourage EVERYONE to read it. Even if you don’t really read, or you think you don’t like sci-fi, please pick up this book. I didn’t even understand half the geeky references and I loved it, so imagine how much you’ll enjoy it if you actually get all the Star Wars / Dungeons & Dragons / 80s film quotes!
5 / 5 fo sho.
Oh, and if you read my recent post about not being allowed to buy books until I’ve read some I already own… you’ll have worked out that I failed.
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