Absolutely, it's a story I've been able to relate to more than any other book I've ever read (and there's been quite a lot of them). Having just listened to all 3 of Peter Clines' major novels (Ex-Heroes, Ex-Patriots and 14), I was a little hesitant to start another book thinking that I'd only be disappointed.. thankfully I couldn't have been more wrong - I powered through Ready Player One faster than I'd ever listened to any other book, it was an incredibly compelling read and I just couldn't put it down. The characters, the setting, the virtual themes, all the puzzles and gaming is just so well written and paced.
I'll be giving it another listen after Christmas most definitely, and having found that Ernest Cline is drafting the outline for a sequel, that has me in extremely high hopes that there's going to be yet another mind blowing book from the genius that is Cline!
I can probably most directly identify with H, as I myself am an FPS centric (former pro) gamer, so H's passion for that genre and just action in general and the way H talks to Z is just all stuff I can relate to. That's not to say that Wade/Perzival, Art3mis or Shoto are any less than amazing characters though (and of course Daito). Every character in the book is so wonderfully crafted that it's difficult to pick a direct favourite.
This is the first Wil Wheaton performance i've heard (aside from having TNG on with my eyes closed at night and hearing him on Big Bang Theory in a different room of my house). He did a great job and I think that being that he can most likely relate heavily to the characters of the book, he really connected with them and gave a great performance. He puts some strange emphasis on certain words but that's probably more of a difference in our accents than anything else, as I'm Australian! Never the less, brilliant effort by Wheaton and it was a pleasure to have him narrate such a great story.
Numerous moments in the book moved me, but if i'm picking just one specific moment.. it would have to be when Z and H meet in person for the first time. That was a really great scene and was very touching. It put real emphasis on the fact that if you share a connection with a person online, you're sharing a CONNECTION with a PERSON.. not just some random game character with no personality. They are the person you have had all the good times with, no matter how they turn out to look or be when/if you meet in person.
Buy it! Right now! The movie will be the greatest movie ever! Fanboy mode *ACTIVE*
Can't wait for a sequel too!
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