Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
Okay, so I found out that this is not a stand-alone novel and there might be a sequel soon. I don’t plan on reading the sequel that’s why I categorized this under stand-alone.
While so many people loved this book, it wasn’t for me. I think you had to relate deeply or be a fan of 80’s pop culture to love it. I had high expectations because dystopian, virtual reality and gaming, all in one story is so promising and holds a lot of potentials. But sad to say, it wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be. Not much action. And too much 80’s references that have dragged the story to a boring degree. I mean seriously, it was 2045, and people enter virtual reality to play two-dimensional video games. It’s for the sake of the egg hunt, I get it. But that made it so painfully tiresome to read. The idea of solving the three clues and completing the tests on a virtual reality egg hunt had sparked my interest but when I actually got to those parts… Lo and behold, they played Joust. And the other two gates(challenges) were pretty much the same. I wasn’t sold to the idea of future technology mixing with the past culture. Maybe it was a mere appreciation of the past but it didn’t fit right. You either travel back in time or to the future. The book did both and they(future and past) collided with each other in a bad way. Maybe I was expecting it to be more of a Sword Art Online-like story. The same idea but rather far from it. I was actually shocked to find some action scenes on the last few pages of the book. Still not enough to find this book entertaining.
- OASIS- I love the idea of virtual reality.
- Friendship- I liked it that Art3mis, Parzival and H became friends in real life
- The battle against the Sixers- too bad that there’s not much like this, the Robot fight, the Oasis-ians uniting together to fight the Sixers
P.S. I’ve watched the movie and they’ve changed more than half of the original story and it was so much better.