For a bunch of hairless apes, we've actually managed to invent some pretty incredible things.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The book took me two days to finish. I hardly had time to post that I started reading this on Goodreads. It's not because the book was hard to get through, but because there’s plenty to soak in. I mean, there are literally worlds of information to soak in. I cannot simply zip through it without enjoying it, right? There are worlds within worlds, as much as there are games within games. Arcade games are played in 3D; there are virtual schools and library; players get to have armors, swords, and magical powers; spaceships too; and 80’s music and movies. And that Og guy is ridiculously amazing. His estate was modeled after Rivendell. He is one of my favorite guys right now, because he plays Duran Duran and Billy Idol… Am I making any sense here?
Okay, let me backup a little…
The setting is 2044, the Earth is a mess. There’s an energy crisis, food crisis, and the rest of the crisis we can think of to add on the list. Possibly, the only good thing about that age ahead is the existence of OASIS, a free online simulation of a virtual utopia, wherein anyone can log in and escape their ugly reality.
OASIS was created by James Halliday, who died without an heir to his vast empire and fortunes. After his death, his last will was released to the world. Within the OASIS, Halliday hid an Easter Egg, whoever finds it will inherit everything that he owned, including OASIS itself. Naturally, people want to get their hands on the egg. These egg hunters are called gunters, and among them are Parzival, Art3mis, Aech, Shoto and Daito. The book is narrated from Parzival’s POV, so it mostly chronicles his adventures. His adventures can be rated from amusing, to excitingly dangerous.
This book also has everything from 80s pop culture references, to a futuristic dystopian world with virtual and real life danger, plus plenty of mysteries and quests. The main characters are likeable with distinct personalities and typical young-adult angst. This is simply one of those fun books -it’s not particularly deep or thought-provoking. It’s just a plain enjoyable ride.
READY PLAYER ONE is one incredibly detailed and well-thought out virtual world, constructed with astounding creativity and imagination. For an 80’s kid like me, it feels like coming home.
Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Publication: August 16th 2011, Random House NY
Genre: Science Fiction, YA