Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (non-spoiler review)

Book: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis:

It’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We’re out of oil. We’ve wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS – and his massive fortune – will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle. Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions – and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.


INITIAL THOUGHTS

Okay but a book about AI sounded freaking awesome to me and it’s being turned into a movie that’s coming out soon so basically I just had to read this book.


PLOT

I will say that while the book is exciting and faced paced to read it isn’t exhilirating. There’s a lot of time dedicated to world building (which was great btw) and also explaining the puzzles and clues. So there’s certainly a lot of reading about small details and such. I mean it’s also a book about a nerdy person what’s not to love? I can relate to that


EXECUTION

Sooo manyyy 80s references that I didn’t get. (I think it was the 80s) but that didn’t take away from the book. Okay but I’m upset the ending is extremely open ended and while there’s apparently going to be a second book, I would have preferred if this book was a standalone.


CHARACTERS

Wade: Is it bad that I didn’t like Wade much? Probably. Okay yeah. But I have reasons. At one point in this book he gets a tad whiny and the romance takes over about 7 chapters in this book. Which doesn’t suck because it’s just a tiny part, but ahem I didn’t sign up for romance dude, I signed up for cool tech and hidden easter eggs. Really though he gets kind of obsessed and I did not need that in the book thanks.

Art3mis: Art3mis is such a cool character, but lets go back to talking about the romance. I DIDNT LIKE IT. She’s cool and witty, with so much character potential but then gets boiled down to just a love interest.

Aech: The whole message behind Aech’s character is wonderful and I really loved it, but they way Ernest Cline showed it really didn’t allow for good representation (yes I know this sounds vague but no spoilers)


A shorter, bullet point review can be found on my Goordreads here.

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Talk To Me

Have you read Ready Player One? Is it on you TBR? What about Ernest Cline’s other books? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?


Until next time,

Cindy

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