I had no idea what I was getting in to with this book. friends had read it but reviewed no spoilers. I can not believe they didn't give me a clue that this was such an incredible gem of a story. perfect for us suffering from epic nostalgia.
Ready Player One will take its place among the best fiction of our time. A great blend of social insight, awesome character development, a fantastic story that both chills and excites, and a sense of humor that had me laughing out loud more than once make this a blast to read.
I was skeptical of it at first. A story about a boy that goes on a great adventure. Oh joy. Never heard of that one before. A lot of people recommended it to me so I gave it a spin. I was hooked before the Invitation was over. Wow, this book grabbed me fast. I found myself trying to decipher the clues along with the characters, really getting drawn in and invested. I also found myself groaning at the bad choices, laughing with the funny moments and getting angry at the vicious moments.
The 80's nostalgia is a cornerstone of this book. I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about that era, but even I missed a few references. While it can get a bit overdone at times, it creates a powerful cultural atmosphere that I think was intentional on Cline's part. I find it especially funny because of how much more focused our own culture has become enamored with 80's pop culture over the past four years since this book was written.
Wil Wheaton was a great choice for reading this book (doubly so for the brief mention of Oasis elections) because he nails sounding like a geek perfectly. He seems to be having a great time reading the book and really brings Wade to life. He doesn't change his voice much between characters, so it kind of sounds like all the characters are being portrayed by the main character, but it doesn't lose immersion that badly.
Despite the book having a couple unresolved plot arcs, I kind of hope that there is never a sequel to this. The sense of anticipation at the ending is great and I feel like the story really is over. As it stands this is a powerful book that really captures the spirit of our age. Give this one a spin if you enjoy a good novel of any kind, be it conspiracy theory, child prodigy, adventure, post apocalyptic, science fiction, mystery or even fantasy. Also, if you're an 80's nostalgia nut, this is a must-read.