This book is a complete j0ke to anybody with an IQ higher than 3. but nevertheless, I still enjoyed it. Written by the nerd that likes words, Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is a love letter to geek culture (I feel like a total brainlet by taking time to type this). The book is 385 pages long, and is Cline’s first novel. I guess he got a ton of beginner’s luck, because it was adapted into a trash film and had, get this, a Roblox event. That’s peak power right there. Anyways, I’m supposed to write up a review for this book, so I’ll talk about a few things: a quick summary of the story, what I liked, what I disliked, and my recommendation for the book. So here’s my review for Ready Player One.
How it starts: The main character of this story is Wade Watts, an overweight teenager with a terrible life. Living in these big towers of RVs stacked on top one another (also referred to as “the stacks”), young Wade has nowhere else to go except for the OASIS, a massively popular online virtual reality. The creator of the game, James Halliday, died and left his ridiculous amount of wealth and ownership of the OASIS for anybody who figured out his “easter egg”, a hidden secret he programmed into the game before he kicked the bucket. And so the entire book is just Wade figuring out the first clue and being the first player to figure it out, re-igniting the planet’s interest in the easter egg hunt, making new friends, finding more clues about the easter eggs via trivia about Halliday, losing weight, etc etc.
How it gets complicated: Wade has to avoid the evil corporate company that wants to over-monetize the game (IOI) with ownership of the OASIS and the billions of dollars Halliday left behind. They use these virtual soldiers, Sixers, to try to find the easter egg or some lame stuff like that. IOI even try to kill him once or twice. Wade has to go into hiding for like six months and during that time he gets closer to the easter egg. Really it’s nothing new or something you haven’t seen before. Except for the Sixer people. That I liked.
What I liked: I really did like the 80’s references in the book. They were nice to notice. I’m not a hipster or anything but I’m pretty sure nobody else would understand the references to that one Japanese Spider-Man mech or the Duran Duran music trivia.
What I disliked: THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IS TERRIBLE. It is SO awful! I hated how quickly the romantic arc that went on with Art3mis (Wade’s love interest) went! It was terrible! Wade only develops only a tad bit during the entire book, and that’s when he loses weight! He doesn’t really get a change of mindsets or anything. He just continues to be that one nerdy guy that praises a dead mega-geek. I also really hated how cheap some of the book’s character deaths felt like. I’m not spoiling anything, don’t worry, but Wade doesn’t seem to show any emotion to his friends biting the dust. And when he does, it’s really brief.
Recommendation: I’d recommend this to a nerd that knows their pop culture, from the past to the present. Otherwise, you’ll be totally confused at everything. And I mean that. This book has a base of so many references from years back I couldn’t read most of the stuff sometimes.
Overall Rating: 6 Duran Duran songs nobody cares enough of out of 10