After finishing Ready Player One late last night, I couldn’t wait and I had to post my review ASAP. Enjoy!
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.
Going into this book, I didn’t have very high expectations. It was one of those books that you have on your TBR just because everyone else also had it on your TBR. The turning point in getting me to pick up this one was that the first trailer for Ready Player One came out a week ago, and I was really intrigued. Intrigued enough that I looked at over 3 libraries that day and was lucky enough to find it. Here I am, two days later, finished, and astounded.
As soon as I read the first chapter, I was immediately captivated by this world, and knew that this was going to be one of my favorites of the year!
Much of the book is centered on fandom and popular culture. Just like the main character is on the hunt for Halliday’s Easter egg, we as a reader can also find little hints and nods to different pieces of movies and books on almost every page. Star Wars. Star Trek. Rubik’s Cubes, Pac Man, Dungeons and Dragons, LOTR, all wrapped in one with nice references and nods to all types of art.
Another reason I ADORED this novel was mainly the plot. While I wasn’t a big fan of the side characters, the plot continued to entice and always impressed me. I mean, hello, a virtual reality easter egg hunt with trillions of dollars on the line? Who wouldn’t want to read something like that? Just when I thought the book couldn’t get better, it would constantly raise the bar and continue to impress.
After finishing I instantly knew that this would be one of my top favorite science fiction reads of all time. Much like Harry Potter and the worldbuilding associated with it, It excelled ln making you want to be in the world with the characters. Although the books are entirely different and should never be compared, I feel it’s the only, and best way to describe the worldbuilding associated with it. (If I had better words for it, I’d use them)
Overall, there was NOTHING wrong with this book. Although I wish that we would’ve had better character arc’s for our supporting characters, I feel that everything else was perfect. The ending was beautiful, and I felt super satisfied with the way that this amazing author ended this amazing story.
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