This book was emphatically suggested to me (several times) by a friend. Flash forward 40 years and we have destroyed the world, poverty, famine, global warming, you name it. Most people live their lives in a virtual reality called OASIS to escape the drudgery of reality. The creater of OASIS, James Halliday passes away leaving behind the greatest game of all: find his easter egg hidden in OASIS and win his fortune and ultimate control of the OASIS. The novel follows Wade Watts on his quest to find the easter egg and escape his current situation of poverty.
It did not take long for this book to drag me in and hold my attention. Immediately I loved the nerdy references to all things related to the 80’s, including movies, music and Star Wars. If you are at all a fan of this decade, video games, fantasy and/or science fiction then this is the book for you. These references are hilarious and I found myself laughing out loud quite a lot at the passing comments and in my opinion these references added the personal connection to the story and lifted this book to another level. This book has it all: action (virtual and real world), love, friendship, puzzles and adventure, some kickass characters and some great lessons hidden underneath it all. I loved every minute of the book and am already looking forward to reading it again in the future. There isn’t much more I can say other than read it, read it now.
Ready Player One is a rare book that comes along that sucks you in wholeheartedly until you have consumed it all leaving you returning to the real world wanting to recommend it to every person you meet. Sticking with the 80s references I give this book five floppy discs, this will satisfy the inner nerd in you all.