Ready Player One
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?
~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~
Wow…while Ready Player One was not without its faults for me…it's ultimate message was amazing and amazingly well played.
The Not So Good: The overly long, drawn out sub-stories and game descriptions left me nodding off at times, so thankful I listened to this rather than reading it. I probably couldn't have gotten through it otherwise.
The Good: The nostalgic 80's references, everything from the movies, TV shows, music to the video games. I loved them all, well…all but Monty Python, because I'm never going to understand the appeal of that. The dynamic between the characters was exceptionally done also.
Overall, a book with a sincere message about the reality of life, despite being played out almost entirely in a virtual reality, and how perseverance can help you achieve almost anything, especially with help from your friends.
☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A
~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~
Main Characters~ 4.5/5
Secondary Characters~ 4.5/5
The Feels~ 5/5
Theme or Tone~ 5+/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5
Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nah…
Book Cover~ It's kind of boring…it definitely hides the potential of the story.
Narration~ ☆5☆ for Wil Wheaton, he was amazing with this content…my only complaint is maybe he lacked volume.
Setting~ Inside the OASIS, mostly.
Source~ Audiobook (Library)