Ernest Cline – Ready Player One | Review

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.
And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them.
For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.
And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.
Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

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I absolutely loved this book! I just had to say that. I probably wouldn’t pick this book up any time soon even though I heard only amazing things about it and it seemes everyone like this book but it was a book of the month for Little Book Club and I’m so glad it was. Ready Player One is just epic and mindblowing and I love the blurb on the cover of one edition: Willy Wonka meets The Matrix. Just so accurate! Do you need anything else? It’s great and so GOOD!

I could so connect with Wade/Parzival. I totally understood him. Even though I’m not a gamer, I am antisocial and I rarely hang out with real people and prefer my internet identity. However, he was a bit paranoic and weird but I liked him because of that even more because it showed us that no one is perfect. His obsession with Halliday and Egg Hunt was very interesting and sometimes kind of insane but I enjoyed every single second I spent in his head. What I didn’t like (probably the only thing I actually didn’t like) was that Wade didn’t even feel guilt when IOI blew his ‘house’ away along with his aunt. He wasn’t even sorry that they killed his aunt because of him but he felt sorry for some neighbour? I don’t get it. However, when something like this happens in other books and character is drowning in self-hatred and guilt, I just roll my eyes and want to slap them but now when happened something I wanted in other books to happen, I’m not satisfied. What the hell? So I can’t really say it bothered me, more that I was surprised. Another character I liked is Aech. He/she is so cool and I would never guess that Aech is a girl. It was so surprising but so awesome plot twist because it shows how fake people online can be (even though she wasn’t fake, she changed only her looks). Loved him/her! I liked Art3mis too, she was badass and cool and she was a fighter. I liked her relationship with Wade/Parzival a lot and it was so interesting when she didn’t want him to see her in person but it turned out she looks almost exactly like her avatar. I also liked Wade a lot because he wasn’t a douchebag with Art3mis at all, not even when he saw her in person and when he told her she’s beautiful and really meant it. I just like those two together and I liked that there was romance in the book but it wasn’t the most important (even though it distracted Wade from the Hunt a bit). Halliday was eccentric and weird but also a genious. That’s all I’m going to say about him. Og surprised me. At the beginning I didn’t pay much attention on him because I never thought he would be important but when he appeared later and played probably the main role in the ending, it was fantastic and I liked him a lot. Sorrento is terrible, selfish, evil bastard and I hate him and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. I forgot to mention Shoto and Daito. I liked those two guys, Shoto a bit more because we got to know him much better. Also, I was sad when SPOILER ALERT! Daito was killed but I understand that this was supposed to happen and I’m glad it was him rather than Aech or Art3mis. Still, it was not fair!

I have to say, Ernest Cline is a genious. That guy writes amazingly good and this book was so detailed, so many references! He did quite a lot of research and I loved every single little part of this book because of that. It all sounded really believable and I can totally see this happening in the future. The Hunt reminded me a bit of Willy Wonka’s golden tickets but it grew to be so much more than that. So much more. I expected this book to be good but I never assumed it would be THAT good. It took me seven days to read it only because I gave myself time to process all the informations and plot twists that we got. The ending was perfect. I expected Wade to win the Hunt and when I was close to the end, I assumed he would share the prize with the High Five (Four now, since Daito is not there anymore). Finding the Copper Key and clearing the First Gate seemed a bit to easy but I liked how Wade couldn’t figure out where the Jade Key is on his own. But then, next challenges again seemed a bit too easy but I got over that. I also liked how from the beginning High Five worked together, even though they didn’t want to admit it. They did help each other all the time and they won the Hunt together! However, the last sentence of the book killed me. It was pure perfection and amazing conclusion to the whole book, like the whole plot lead to that point, to that last sentence. I’m amazed! I can talk about this book a lot more, over and over again but I’m going to stop because I’m overwhelmed with feels right now. This book was amazing and I think everyone can enjoy this book, no matter of age. It’s really good and I loved it a lot, definitely recommend!

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