For anyone that likes video games, the poo culture movies of the 70s and 80s. Mix in some future stuff, a little fantasy, and you have this adventure. Enjoy the read (or listen). You'll be a little sad when it's done
Throughout the novel it seemed the authot struggled to find out what kind of story he wanted to tell, a fan service filled junk food young adult adventure or a bleak dystopia future of fake relationships and a world crumbling from neglect. I can't say I truly enjoyed
ready player one but it helped keep me occupied during dull car rides and it tried hard to make a detailed world so for that I respect it.
This was a great listen. There was never a dull moment and all of the story was necessary. Wil Wheaton does a fantastic job at captivating the listener. 10/10 will listen again.
There was a point in the book where I gasped. I've never gasped at a book before. Well done all the way around - story, twists, turns, and performance.
I would not recommend this book. The synopsis sounded interesting and I think the topic of how immersed we have become as a society in our technology has endless possibilities - unfortunately, I thought the book explored very few of those possibilities. There is little to NO reason for me to become invested in these virtual characters. It would be like becoming attached to Nintendo's Zelda in an unhealthy capacity. Somewhere in the back of my mind I'm aware that I'm basically listening to a story about characters in a chat room with avatars. I can't get emotionally invested in pixels it just didn't work for me. There just wasn't enough real world reference. The 'Stacks' were interesting! The armored bus ride was interesting! The arcade wizards in a virtual world that the story focused on - not. so. much.I thought all the references to the obsession with the 80's culture was a convenient way for someone perhaps out of touch with current vernacular to write from a younger perspective. Again, didn't really work for me.I don't like writing negative reviews, but my distaste for this story is pretty strong. Given all that, the writing wasn't horrific and the performance was alright so I can't just pan it entirely.
If you like late 70's through modern nerd culture you will enjoy this book. It is well read be will wheaton. it does get a little preachy at times, some people will love it even more for that, some will find it off putting. I did listen to it in about 3 days, and I think it holds up better in long listening sessions.
Extremely well orchestrated story line. Refreshingly unpredictable futuristic realistic adventure. Going on the top of mu arcade of new classics.