Today’s Review Tuesday is going to be about my favourite book that I read in 2014, which was Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.
And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has 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 Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.
And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.
Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?
One of my best friends recommended the book to me earlier on in the year and I finally got around to reading it. It was amazing. I completely loved the story. I found that I got sucked in immediately and empathized with Wade from the get go. He’s this smart and talented kid who relies on (at the beginning anyway) no one but himself, and as the book progresses you see him take these leaps in trust and hope. It’s exciting to see happen.
The plot line was incredibly entertaining and engaging. I don’t know much about online gaming (nor to I know much of anything about pop culture I will admit) but the book was easy to understand and follow, and had enough twists and turns to keep be on the ball and engaged.
I’m getting excited just writing about the book. I’m going to have to read it again. And I highly suggest, if you haven’t read it, that you add it to your must read pile in for 2015.