Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ready Player One Review

Title: Ready Player One
Author:Ernest Cline
Version: Audiobook
Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
Genre: Science Fiction, 80's Pop Culture,Video Games


"A Future Wrapped in 1980s Culture"

Ready Player One is one unique sci-fi adventure, Set in a distant future wherein the real world is so desolate place that most of the people has chosen to live their waking existence in a virtual world called "The Oasis". My first impression of the world is like It's like a mashup of Tron and Angelina Jolie's Hackers and the Matrix but in a much lighter setting.

The story is a about an 18 year old kid name Wade Watts who spends his life in the OASIS as his means to learn (via virtual schools) and play until he discovered the the items needed to unlock the "keys" to the puzzle to find the Egg which the creator James Halliday to which the price is to inherit Halliday's fortunes.

I really enjoyed Cline's extensive reference to the 80's pop and geek culture from movie lines of Monty Python to the cryptic lyrics of Rush's 2112 to the variety of vintage games and gaming consoles. With Wil Wheaton narrating for the audiobook version was like icing to a cake making Ready Player One by far the best science fiction book I ever read.
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