Ready Player One

★★★★★/ 5

Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Genre: Science Fiction, YA
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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.

Ready Player One gave me so many feels! This book spoke to me on so many levels. It captured the essence of my childhood with it’s many 80’s references, rekindled my love for video games and  made me consider the dangers of being so connected to the internet and what that might mean for our future. (Facebook will be the death of us – you’ll see!) The book even have some eerie Matrix vibes – minus all that black leather and bullets.

I initially received this book in a Lootcrate (a geek and gaming monthly subscriber box) and I had put it aside until I was on my uni break. I’m so glad I finally took the time to read it because I was hooked from the first chapter. Now I’ve spent the last month shoving it into family members and friends faces and yelling, “If you love me you will read this, I need someone to fangirl with!”. As you can imagine my younger brother was none to impressed and told me to stop shoving a book in his face while he was driving. 😛

The characters in this book are fascinating and enjoyable. I instantly wanted to be besties with Art3mis and immediately declared the Sixers my mortal enemies. The book is a non-stop ride through the virtual world designed by Cline and I was impressed with the level of depth that was contained within a book about cracking the riddles contained in video games. Ready Player One is a fun, witty and nostalgic YA novel that begs you to sit up till 3am to find answers to your questions. If you like computer games, the ’80s or the matrix this book is for you.