Title: Ready Player One
Author & Artist: Ernest Cline
Original Publication Date: August 16th, 2011
Original Price: $16 (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 372
Starkiller Rating: ★★★★★
Quick Synopsis: Renowned video game creator dies and sets up an online scavenger hunt to win his fortune. Wade is on the right track but what length will others go to stop him?
Honestly though, let’s take this moment to show appreciation for that awesome synopsis. Kind of proud of myself for that one. Go me!
There’s this blurb on the back of the book that calls Ready Player One, an “adult Willy Wonka” and wow, it totally really is. This book was literally like being sucked into a book and spit out into a video game. Cline did such a crazy excellent job at fully emerging his readers into this fantastic new world.
Needless to say, Cline’s world building is so absolutely top notch. Like top of the line. I couldn’t even handle it at some points.
I was born in the 90’s so my 80’s knowledge is not up to par at all, but somehow I felt like I knew what references were being made and it significantly added to the humor of the book. Don’t even get me started on the action sequences. No, just kidding, let’s start on them. They were so well-written that it was hard to remember 1. that I was reading a book and 2. that the characters weren’t even truly living in that world either. It’s all inside a video game, inside a book.
But getting out of the video game world for a second to focus on their “Real world” that Cline built. Holy guacamole. Their real world was so highly relatable it was actually quite frightening. Overpopulation, natural resources being depleted, and people being so consumed with electronics and their online presence that the world around them is literally falling apart. Oh man. It was tough to think about and could be easily glossed over but Cline did an excellent job at adding in this little commentary on the state of where our society is going.
So wonderful, I highly recommend to any and everyone.