I recently finished reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I must say even though I think of myself as an avid reader I am still hard pressed for finding good books to read. I would have not heard of this book if I hadn’t decided to listen to some good audiobooks and it was number one on the buzzfeed audiobooks list and decided to give it a try. But the Bibliophile in me couldn’t let the opportunity to read such a good book pass by. And so I ordered a copy of the same.
A good book needs to hook you right when you start reading and this one does just that. The story follows the main character Wade Watts who is also known as Parzival in a virtual reality game called the Oasis. It’s like a video game but where the player is completely immersed in it unlike the 2D version where we use a stick and tv/screen to play. Here the player is part of a virtual reality that is programmed to be so addictive that you forget this isn’t real.
Wade is a typical underdog and it isn’t hard to root for him. But where the story shines is in the atmosphere created by the author and how he amalgamated both the 80s pop culture and the futuristic technology. I have read many a review’s where readers hated the writing especially the dialogue but to me the world building was fascinating.
The story is set in 2045 and it isn’t a pretty picture. Famine, poverty, diseases all are rampant including environmental disasters. But are we all that far from reality? The main villain is a corporate conglomerate and even this is not too far from reality.
The one thing I did not like was how addictive this technology is where many characters hardly seem to have a life outside of Oasis but given the context of their surrounding it’s definitely understandable. Also it’s not too far from the truth where people even today are addicted to their smartphones, tablets and even videogames.
I loved all the 80s reference, of course I did not know many of them but knew enough to understand most of the story. Am particularly not fond of videogames as I have never had the patience to play it. Besides am a bookworm so you can guess I read more than I played.
The book also feels familiar if you know the Blade Runner movies. Their world’s seems pretty similar and also plays a part in the book as well.
Coming to the plot itself it centres around a quest to find The Easter Egg that is hidden inside the virtual reality programme called the Oasis. It’s creator James Halliday has no heirs and hence the one to find the egg shall inherit all his fortune including the Oasis itself. To do this the player must complete three levels for which Halliday has scattered clues around the gigantic world giving only a head start riddle. Who will complete the quest? And how? forms the rest of the story.
Like the Harry Potter series (this is nothing like HP) the author has created a brilliant world where everything makes sense, everything has a purpose. The world building is thoroughly enjoyable.
Soon to be released major motion picture and directed by none other than Spielberg himself who is referenced in the book, this is a book of a lifetime that will take you on an adventure and like the tag says it truly is like Willy wonka meets the Matrix. Though I must say the trailer seemed a bit different from the book so I don’t expect an exact copy of the book.
Highly recommended. Grab your copy right now!
Bibliogyan rating – Thumbs up!👍