Sunday, 18 January 2015

Ready Player One Book Review

So after all the hype around the book, with all my friends telling me it's a must read, and with the movie adaption in the works, I finally got round to sitting down and reading Ernest Cline's 2011 Prometheus award winning book.

Wade Watts is a young man living in America in the year 2044. The world is over crowded and everything is looking bleak. Wade, like most people, spend more time in the OASIS then the real world. The OASIS is a massive multiplayer online game which allows you to do almost anything possible from going to school, to playing World of Warcraft, to just chilling with friends and watching films. With almost endless possibilities and planets to explore, the OASIS is better then live. The worlds deceased creator James Halliday decided to leave all he owns to the person who finds his easter egg in the OASIS. With years having passed and no one coming close, all having no clue of what it could be until Wade figures it out, bringing him fame and fortune in the game but also a powerful enemy in Nolan Sorrento, a high ranking IOI officer who wants to win the competition for their own greed.

The book is an interesting look into the future, and the way things are going this could actually happen. The book has a solid story with interesting characters who are well written with interesting personalities. The plot is a bit predictable, but still keeps you intrigued to whats gonna happen next, and with all the geek culture that's crammed in it will bring a smile to your face as you remember things from your child hood, like Monty Python and the Holy Grail. As this is also Ernest Cline's first book, you gotta say the future is bright for him and his sequel, which is apparently in the works now. Final rating for this book is 7/10: it's a good read and a must read for nerds and geeks off all shapes and sizes. Richee

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