Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I’ve been so looking forward to the movie – cannot BELIEVE I hadn’t picked up Ready Player One earlier! I wanted to read the book first as I think seeing it come to life on the big screen will be so exciting. Especially the inevitable final battle. Woop Woop.

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

In the year 2045, 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.

MY THOUGHTS…

I loved it! It’s a really fun novel with heaps of nostalgia thrown in – As a child of the 80s, there were so many references to things that I’d completely forgotten about.

It’s a story that while not entirely new but told in a way the reader doesn’t care so much. The characters are interesting and you are instantly rooting for Team Parzival. And hating the evil corporation IOI of course! They have a great dynamic and individual personalities are really well written.

The novels underlying message to take care of our health and relationships in the real world will resonate with everyone. Of course, most will ignore and won’t be able to get over how cool VR is becoming haha. However, it’s a relevant message to unplug every now and then.

The only negative comment I have is there is a point where you need to be patient during the lull. You won’t regret it! The action is intense though… I never thought I’d be on the edge of my seat while reading about an arcade game!

Reading the book has definitely made me more pumped to see the movie – make sure to check out the trailer if you haven’t already.

VERDICT
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