Author: Ernest Cline
Pub Date: August 16th, 2011
My Rating: ★★★★☆
A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?
It’s the year 2044, and—like most of humanity—Wade Watts vastly prefers the online utopia known as the OASIS to an increasingly grim, poverty-stricken real world. Like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual reality. Somewhere inside the OASIS, it’s rumored, are hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them. For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late 20th century.
And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle. Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions—and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.
Ready Player One is set in the future where everyone can log off the reality, and live in a virtual world where everything is possible. OASIS is an online world where people can go to school, work, shopping, find any entertainment possible, fall in love, all without ever leaving one place. Wade is one of the kids that is going to school in OASIS, and he is also one of the hunters of the easter egg hidden in the game. The founder of the OASIS in his will stated that the person that finds three keys and goes through three gates will inherit his immense fortune. Wade is looking for this easter egg for 5 years now, with no luck. Until he finds the first key, and the crazy game of finding the easter egg truly begins. Wade has to deal with enemies that have impossible resources and who are determined to find the easter egg to gain control over the OASIS.
It was a great fun reading this book. The setting is so unique, I never read anything like that. The setting is the main reason I gave the book 4 stars instead of 3 – I will remember this book for sure, and I am very much likely to recommend it to someone. The world building was just perfect for the story, I didn’t feel overwhelmed with information, everything was given at the right time in the right portions.
The main character is likable enough, he is very honest and I liked it. It was nice to read about a regular teenager, with all the possible teen problems he may have. I don’t think I’d befriend Wade in real life, but I still liked reading about his hunt. I feel a bit disappointed with the characters. They all were quite stereotypical, they were all expected. Especially the main reveal of real-life identity of one of the characters, was expected, I was seriously surprised that this type of character wasn’t included before in the story, so the reveal was more of a ‘ah, there it is!’ moment, not a ‘whaaaaat?!’ moment. I hope you know what I mean 🙂
This is a great story, that kept me interested, even though the characters and story construction are expected and I’ve seen it all before. But the idea behind the story and the setting make this book unique and worth reading.