Book Review: Ready Player One

February 16, 2012

Ready-Player-One-cover-by-Ernest-ClineOne of my goals for the year is to read at least one new book each month. Last month I chose to read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

It’s set about 30 or so years into the future when the world is falling apart and everyone seems to be miserable unless they’re plugged into this virtual reality called the OASIS. When the creator of the OASIS passes away he leaves behind a scavenger hunt that focuses primarily on 80s nostalgia and trivia for people to participate in in hopes of finding his vast fortune. The main character, Wade, becomes obsessed with this contest and the story pretty much follows him throughout his quest to solve all of the puzzles and find the prize. You can read the full synopsis here.

So what did I think of it? It was… okay. It sounded so fun and interesting, but after reading the first few chapters I thought for sure I was going to hate it. It’s terribly slow and the dialogue between Wade and his friend was painful for me to read most of the time. I’m not sure if it got better, or I just got used to it, but about a third of the way into the story I started getting into it. And I was really enjoying the story and wanting to know what was going to happen next and where he was going to find the next clue and so on, but it seemed like as soon the story really got rollin’ it stopped again for some dry explanation of an obscure 80’s video game or anime series. Seriously, sometimes I felt like I was reading an encyclopedia.

Now, I didn’t grow up in the 80’s so I certainly didn’t get most of the references, and I didn’t expect to, so it was nice that the author took the time to explain things, but I felt like it took soooo long to explain some of it and then it ended up not even being that important. Basically I felt like I was wasting my time reading some things and just wanted to get back to the main story.

That being said, the story itself was very entertaining, and there was even a bit of a love story which was kinda cute. I wouldn’t mind seeing it made into a movie, but I don’t think I would read it again.

So, that’s what I thought. A good story, but a bit hard to read at times. If you like video games, 70’s and 80’s nostalgia, and adventure stories then I would definitely recommend this book to you, but if not, then you might find it more annoying than entertaining.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the great review! And the goal that you set up is quite inspiring, I have to say;-) M.b. I'll join to this "race";-)


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