This was a great story with an amazing cast of characters. It takes place in a futuristic dystopia that seems like it might actually come to fruition. It was almost like being in two time periods at once, with all of the 80s references.
I liked the complexity of Wade. He's incredibly smart and street-wise, especially by the end, but he maintains a very child-like spirit about him. There's an innocence and naivete to him that helps him succeed.
Didn't think I would love this story but I did. Can't wait for the Steven Speilberg movie version. Beginning dragged s bit but then it really takes off.
Brittney & Charles
hard to start, with an excessive amount of 80's nostalgia changed into it, but still a great read. One of the best video game future sci-fi I've ever read.
I connected to this book on so many ways with my obsession with anime video games and my parents both grew up in the 80s so I was raised on breakfast club and goonies and Indiana jones and Star Wars this was a amazing well passed book with good characters and a griping story I rate it 5/5
Wade/Parcival - The main character... good guy, went through a lot, great sense of humor.
Everything. Metered tone, got into the narration when he needed to. Just a great job.
Love shack meets video games.
Ready Player One Book Review
by Author Ernest Cline
I’m giving this book 4.5 easter eggs out of 5.
One of the ways I judge a book is by its gravity, so to speak. Do I feel pulled toward it? In other words, when I was away from the book, did I feel like I needed to get back to it. If a day went by without reading it, did it bother me? I listened to the audiobook version of Ready Player One, and let me tell you, it pushed all my buttons (ha!)
When my wife asked me if I’d be willing to go pick my daughter up from dance, or to go to the store or (fill in the blank) I quickly said, “yes,” thinking that it was another opportunity for me to flip the audiobook on and keep plugging away at it or a few more minutes.
Set in the future, Ready Player One is, in so many ways, an homage to 80’s culture. Movies, music, styles, and especially video games all play a critical role in the plot. When a former video game developer, and rich business mogul learns that he only has a short time to live, he constructs an elaborate contest that he has placed inside the Oasis (online MMORPG type world). There are three phases (gates/keys) to the contest, and the first one to get through them all, wins “the egg,” or his ultimate prize—all his wealth and assets—billions.
The story revolves around a less fortunate, yet brilliant, young guy named Wade that spends all his time on the Oasis. Like many others, he is devouring anything he about the 80’s in an attempt to figure out how to progress in the contest. James Halliday, the billionaire that created the contest that would take over just about everyone’s heart and mind, loved the 80’s, and was rumored to have based the whole contest on 80’s pop culture. So, everyone studied up in order to be able to play the game, including Wade. This was Halliday’s way of resurrecting the 80’s, maybe buying it an extra life, as it were—deposit your quarter, right here, thank you very much.
The author does a fabulous job world building not only interesting things about the 80’s, but the futuristic world that would obsess about a dead man’s fortune, and stop at nothing to get it.
This book was a wild right down memory lane. I’m proud to say that I got most of his references. I did have to look a few up, however. At any rate, the book is well-written, and the plot was good fun. It has murder, mystery, tons of 80’s backstory, and even romance.
I really enjoyed this book.
I loved this book! I listened to it all in two days. I feel it was written just for me as so many of the references were taken from pop culture I love. Will's reading if it was perfect too. Thanks. Will there be second book coming? Now what will I do? I'll kiss my girlfriend and play some video games.
Disclaimer- I'm a 33 year old female- child of the 80s who has an affinity for superheroes, figures, the clash, Atari, Nintendo, comics, the brat pack and Jim Henson
This is probably my favorite audiobook I've yet to listen to. I started out reading Ready Player One and was very pleased, but when I discovered that Wil Wheaton was the narrator for this audiobook I knew it had to be gold. A GREAT listen, I found myself taking the long way home and finding excuses to "take a drive". Wonderfully written story, great adventure, lovable characters, detestable villains. Geared toward the quintessential 80s kid, I found myself snickering often at the many mentions of my favorite childhood memories and pastimes. I loved this book; it's probably one that I will listen to again for nostalgias sake.