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Publisher: Crown Publishers
Page Count: 374
Fiction Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Dystopian, YA, Nerd
Dates Read: January 3-6, 2016
Reading Challenge: 2016 Reading Challenge
Topic: A book you meant to read in 2015
Good Reads Summary
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. 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.
What a wild ride! Cline knows how to target an audience ... Nerds! We the gamers, table topers, lovers of 80s references, and all around music buffs found ourselves drawn to this book. How could we not? It had what we have always wanted. A loner kid, who might be much like ourselves, not very popular, not the "it" kid, whoy finds himself the star of the world as he goes on the largest egg hunt of all time. For the holy grail of nerdom. Suddenly he is turning heads, making a name for himself, and he has almost all the answers. He's become famous. He's chasing his dream.
Okay, I'll stop with the nerd gushing, but I could go on for hours. Putting all the nerdy references aside, Cline also manages to build a thrilling story that keeps you on the edge the entire time. I try my hardest to write spoiler free reviews, but am finding myself struggling with Ready Player One. This book is down right amazing. From page one you know Wade is not perfect. Wade knows he's not perfect. However, in the character of Wade we find a hero that will risk his entire being to fight for what he believes in, and to keep things better for the entirety of the human race. People > Corporations. There is a great mystery surrounding Wade and his friends throughout this book. You just have to keep going to know how it all ends, because not knowing would be killer.
Read. This. Book. Do it now!
There have been talks for the past couple of years about this book becoming a movie. It's been in development for at least two, if not, three years. The release date keeps getting pushed back. From what I understand, they are having a lot of trouble acquiring all the rights to all of the references in the book, and there are A LOT of them. I really do hope this film gets made, and it is done right.
Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)
Quality of Writing - 8
Pace - 9
Plot Development - 7
Characters - 10
Enjoyability - 10
Insightfulness - 8
Ease of Reading - 8
Photos/Illustrations - N/A
Overall Rating - 5 out of 5 stars