This is one of my all time favourite books and with the release of the sequel this month I thought it was about time to have a reread to make sure everything is all fresh before I get my hands on Ready Player Two.
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.
But 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.
Taken from goodreads
Before you start reading I hope you enjoy random references to the 80s because dear god there’s loads of them in this book. Before I ever read the book this is what almost scared me off it, as someone who was born in the mid 90s the 80s was something I didn’t know all that much about except for the music. However after reading it numerous times I find the constant references to this time period to be actually interesting to read about especially with how everytime one is used you get a little history lesson on that certain reference.
Being a gamer you are instantly able to tell why I enjoyed the story behind this book as it would be a dream come true to have this sort of quest be available and with how the world is in the book compared to the modern day world we are currently living in, then it might not be too far away before it happens. The story has you gripped from the very start and because you never know how each of the quests are going to go it does make for a real page turner.
Yes, there is a little bit of a blossoming romance but they have done it in such a way that makes it feel somewhat unimportant compared to the quest and I love this as it is a huge difference to how a lot of authors are doing romances at the moment. Instead of having the character blow off the quest to be with each other, one has the actual brain to keep apart until the quest is over and then being able to do whatever they want after. I do wish that a lot more authors would follow this trope as it means we get a better story line instead of two people falling in love when they should be doing something else.
For me I think the book ended perfectly and I really wished that Ernest Cline would release a sequel but he now has and it is coming out in 3 weeks. I do hope that he doesn’t ruin my favourite book with what I assume is just a money grab.
This book is brilliant and I advise anyone who is a gamer, or someone who wants a bit of a throwback to the 80s but with a futuristic twist to then read this book as I am sure you are going to love it. With a 4.25 on goodreads with 850,000 rating then you know it is going to be good.