Amazing! There are only a hand full of books I’ve read that appear flawless and Ready Player One is such a book. It centers around Wade Watson, a reclusive teenager who spends a majority of his time jacked into the Oasis, a virtual reality most use to escape dystopian Earth. When James Halliday, multi-billionaire and co-founder, of the Oasis dies, a contest is set in motion which leaves the winner with his fortune and control over the Oasis. Wade, using abstract clues left by Halliday, must now race to find the prize before IOI, the evil conglomerate, uses Halliday’s inheritance to exploit the Oasis for their greedy and fascist purposes.
I’ll get straight to it. From beginning to end, I would lose myself in this novel or minutes in, I would hover over five or ten pages. I can see, and agree with, the hype around this book.
A good portion of the 80’s references flew over my head—90’s baby—but that didn’t take away from the experience. Ready Player One didn’t suffer from the unnecessarily descriptive writing that seems to cripple the work of many authors. The plot is well balanced, dialogue served a purpose rather than just be there for the sake of writing, and it didn’t bombard with patronizing terms for not being nearly as imaginative as the writer.
The characters were so rich, I felt as if they were speaking directly to me. I also liked the smooth transition between the Oasis and real life when Wade had had enough of the virtual world, or immediately logs out because of danger. When reading this book, the recurring thought in my head was the amount of planning it must have taken to execute this. I could feel the passion for this book and 80’s pop culture. I guess the only thing was the lack of moments to ponder over because of how fast paced it was, yet not too simple which would make it more suitable for children. I know that isn’t much of a problem, but I had to give it something as there is no perfect book—but this one came close though.
Usually, I don’t gravitate towards mainstream, as popular doesn’t equate to good. But the ratings this book got were well deserved. Every cyberpunk fan, fiction enthusiast, and curious person looking for a good thrill needs to read this. Something is out there for everyone and this might not be it. But this book was well written, you won’t be disappointed. Don’t take my word for it though, log in to your nearest Oasis console and explore the world that is Ready Player One.