Review: Ready Player One
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Okay, so maybe Ready Player One won’t go down as a timeless classic, but it was a hell of a lot of fun, especially if you have any fond memories at all of the 1980s, or really just a love of geek culture.
You really couldn’t ask for a geekier novel, but, then, that’s what I loved about it. The constant movie, television, music, and video game references brought back tons of great memories and reminded me why I’m proud to be a geek.
In addition to the constant geek lovefest, Ready Player One also had a pretty interesting setup. In a somewhat dystopian world in the not-too-distant future, people have largely given up on real life and immerse themselves in the Oasis, a sprawling online universe that put’s today’s MMORPG’s to shame. When the creator of the Oasis dies and leaves his inheritance to whoever can find an easter egg, the hunt begins and a resurgence of 80s culture takes place.
In the end, Cline delivers an entertaining story, lovable characters, and tons of geeky fun that make this novel a wonderful homage to the 1980s. I really enjoyed this one!
P.S. Geek hero, Wil Wheaton narrates the audio version and does a wonderful job. I just wonder if it was strange ready the part about himself…