Author: Ernest Cline
Language: English
Genre(s): Science fiction
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 16 August 2011
Pages: 384

Ready Player One is a mash-up of 1980s pop culture, video game references, a virtual future, a love story and an adventure.

The year is 2044. Most of humanity escapes their bleak lives by spending all of their waking hours logged into the OASIS. An extensive virtual reality that allows users to learn, play, work and explore hundreds of worlds, including Star Trek, Firefly, Star Wars, Middle Earth, Disc-world, etc, while pretending to be anybody they want.

Eighteen-year-old, Wade Watts is highly aware that his future is just as grim as his present. Five years ago however, Watts life changed when OASIS creator, and bachelor James Halliday died and revealed to everyone that his massive fortune would be awarded to whoever can solve his puzzles, hidden within the OASIS. Suddenly Watts had a sense of purpose – trying to unravel the mystery of James Halliday. Given the world in which Watts lives, winning the game is really his only hope for a future.

Halliday grew up in the eighties, so he has a great affinity for that era. As a result, many of the clues are hidden in places and things that relate to that time.

Ernest Cline does a good job of blending nostalgia of the past with the virtual future. Throw in an unlikely hero, an evil corporate overlord, a quest for the ultimate prize and the result is a good, simple read.

Ready Player One is a game within a novel, so naturally it includes the epic boss fight at the end.

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Author: Ernest Cline Language: English Genre(s): Science fiction Publisher: Random House Publication date: 16 August 2011 Pages: 384 Ready Player One is a mash-up of 1980s pop culture, video game references, a virtual future, a love story and an adventure. The year is 2044. Most of humanity escapes their bleak lives by spending all of their...