Ready Player One

Dungeon Mistress Ready Player OneReady Player One’ is a book by author Ernest Cline that I recently read adding to my already large pile of geek literature. But hey, there’s always room for one more book.

The book’s discription on reads:

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

Ready Player One Author Ernest Cline

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?

Not every book I read is great, or one that I can’t put down. But books that I don’t enjoy or don’t think other will enjoy are not books I tend to keep reading or even books I want to write a review of. ‘Ready Player One’ was a really good book that I did not want to put down. I knew of a lot of the 80s references that are littered throughout this book, but the ones I didn’t know, I wrote down to follow-up on later.

If you are of a geeky mind and enjoy nostalgia and you enjoy a good love story like I do. (Hey, what can I say. I’m a girl. I love me a good love story!) This is a book you are going to enjoy. I think one could get some Tabletop Roleplaying inspiration from ‘Ready Player One’, but not a whole lot.

For some extra Geekyness you could get the audio book because it is read by Wil Wheaton.

Have you read ‘Ready Player One’? What did you think of it? Share your thoughts with me below.

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