Book Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Crown Publishing Group)

This will have to be a quick review as I’m in a place with no WiFi and I’m almost out of data-would be a nightmare in the Ready Player One universe, eh?

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, published by Crown Publishing Group, was my first read of 2022. It’s a sci-fi novel set in the time of 2044, but it’s simultaneously very nostalgic of the 1980s. Everyone lives and works in a virtual world called the Oasis. When the creator of the Oasis dies, he leaves behind an Easter egg and a contest to find it. Whoever wins the contest, wins the creator’s fortune. The hero, Wade aka Parzival, finds the first key to the contest. Meanwhile, a big corporation is trying to win so they can take over the Oasis.and for that money they are willing to go to horrifying lengths—leaving Wade no longer safe.

I really enjoyed this novel. It was very suspenseful at times but fun at others. While I love the 80s, I do think the nostalgia and references were a bit too much at times; I don’t fully understand video games so a lot of things went over my head. The characters were also super cringey but I found that endearing, showing that even society’s “losers” can be heroes. I also loved the theme of taking down monopolies and big corporations, almost as if it was directed at Jeff Bezos. 🤣

The world was also fascinating. We get most perspective from the endless planets in the OASIS but we also see how neglected earth itself has become while people were logged into a virtual reality. It was a good reminder to not get lost in what’s not real and to truly live your life.

My only other complaint is that a lot of the tasks in the completion seemed to be defeated easily. That being said, I’m not sure I’d want to read multiple pages of someone trying to do a video game challenge.

This week I plan to watch the movie. Would any of you be interested in a comparison post on the blog? Let me know!

By myadventure2017

Writer, Reader, Bookstagrammer, Booktoker, Blogger

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