Book: Ready Player One
Release date: August 16, 2011
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Source: I Bought On Amazon
In the year 2044, 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.
My Thoughts: I had this book sitting on my shelf, and it really wasn’t much of a priority at first. I was going to read it, I just didn’t know when. Then, one of the choices for my AP English class ORP was this book, and both of my friends wanted to read it as well, so I got to read it. For someone who isn’t a video gamer, this book was absolutely mind blowing. The language and writing style of the author was quick and easy to follow along. The character development elaborated and delved into each of the characters. All of the characters that were mentions were significant in one way or another. I especially loved Wade, the main character, because I could relate to him on a mutual level. The plot twists of this book are also what infatuated me. There were moments I had to stop and think,” Oh my gosh, did that really happened?” It was a book I couldn’t put down because after every chapter I was dying to find out more. I was truly immersed in the story and journey of the characters in this book. The themes are also something that me, as a teenager, could relate to, and find a commonplace with. The only slight problem I had with this book, which really wasn’t that much of a problem was that the references that were made in the book did get overwhelming at times. Like I said before, you don’t need to be a gamer to read this book, but sometimes the references spill out at you all at the same time, and it’s difficult to keep track of which game and which movie is which. I have a great respect and love for this book, and would definitely recommend it to everyone!