Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Series: Ready Player One #1
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian
Narrators: Wil Wheaton
Length: 16 hours (374 pages)
Publisher: Crown Publishers, Random House Audio
Release Date: August 16, 2011
Source: Library (paperback in personal collection)
Recommended for fans of: video games, 80s pop culture
Content Warnings: bombing
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.
But 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.
This book will always have a place on my all time favorites list. This was my third time reading the book, but my first time listening to the audiobook. Wil Wheaton’s narration was a great match for this story.
This book is so fun and nerdy and nostalgic. I just love it! I wasn’t even alive in the 80s, but I love all the pop culture references. I’m terrible at video games, but I love reading about Wade’s expertise playing them! The creativity that went into designing the OASIS and this dystopian future is truly impressive. You can tell this is a book the author wrote for himself, but that sincerity makes the story so entertaining.
As much as I love this book, I’m hesitant to read the sequel. I don’t think it’s necessary because this is a perfect standalone. Based on my experience reading Armada, I’m worried Ernest Cline is a one hit wonder kind of author, and I don’t want anything to ruin the magic that is Ready Player One.