I love love loved it!
Futuristic earth, everyone spends all their time in a virtual reality universe trying to avoid all the problems that have gone wrong with life as we know it. And try and complete an almost impossible competition built by the virtual reality's creator.
There are SOOOO many references to 80's pop culture. So fun! Ooh, and tons of sci-fi/fantasy too!
It was also quite entertaining listening to Wil Wheaton talk about Star Trek and there is also a planet in the virtual reality universe named after him. So GOOD!
I'll say this, I don't read much... Or enough. Or both. Okay I read, but mostly them picture books, not these old fashioned all wordy ones! That said I did actually read Ready Player One a couple years ago. I loved it, I devoured it, it spoke to my own childhood and past and painted a visual image in my head I couldn't put it down.
Fast forward to now. I just finished listening to my first audio book, Wil Wheaton's "Just A Geek". It was my second time listening to it(it's been out since 2004, im late to the game, so sue me!) But I really listened to it. Wheaton's storytelling, his reading style, and nuances(doing different voices for each characters) drew me in and I loved it.
Ready Player One as an audio book read by Wil Wheaton does something I didn't think possible... It made the book better. Really better. I had the general narrative still floating around in my head, but Wheaton's reading brought an extra dimension to the story. The characters in my head had more life, and personality.
If you like the book, give this a listen. If you love the book, you probably already have! Either way I completely and totally recommend this to anyone who wants to relive a little bit of their "inner geek".
No, I wouldn't listen to it again because I know all the reveals and surprises. But it was great the first time.
The reveal of Aesch.
The whole book is written in first person, so he doesn't really play any other characters. In fact, my only nitpick criticism is that he makes no effort whatsoever to put feminine voices on the female characters. But since that's usually the greatest pitfall for any male narrator, I suppose his avoiding the issue altogether was understandable.
I don't see how they can make a film of this book unless they pay a whole lot of permission fees to all the game creators, musicians, and classic films they recreate.
One of the best geek fiction books I've ever read. Maybe THE best.
Neko chan at heart =^.^=
And even if you DON'T love the 80s (which I don't), you can't help but relate to the themes and references if you were born anytime before 1989. The narration by good ole Wil is fantastic, and the story... OH THE STORY. The fantastic weaving of the metaverse vs real life. The nemesis is built slowly as you discover it along with the protagonists. The small twists and yes, even the undercurrent romance is enjoyable. WHY HASN'T THIS BEEN MADE INTO A MOVIE? Wil Wheaton must be in it, obviously. hahaha.
Anyway, if you're a fan of sci-fi and matrix/VRverses this is a MUST read.
An amazing and well told story that while being set in the future still takes you back to the 80's. And not just with the references but the story itself has a real 80's feel to it. I loved it!!