I've always enjoyed Tina Fey's work, from SNL, to 30 Rock, to her movies. This book is performed by Fey in her typical style. However, for my $15 credit, this book was rather short. Also, Fey seems to jump from topic to topic without any warnings or segways, so it can be a bit hard to keep up with at times.
To sum it up in one line: Ready Player One is a book filled with 80's video game, movie, and music references mixed in with future possible technology for a book that all geeks will love.
Now, for my more in depth review.
Ready Player One features a main character that starts out living in a trailer park. However, in the future depicted in this book, trailer parks are no longer just rows of trailers. They are stacks of trailers, sometimes as many as 20 high. In this future, real estate around major cities has became far too valuable for single trailers to take up the amount of space they do. As typical in a most stories that feature a kid in a trailer park, his home life is crap. He finds his only solice inside a video game virtual reality simulation called The OASIS.
In the future depicted in this book, The OASIS has basically taken over the world. It has created a currency that is more stable than the US Dollar and most other foreign currencies as well. It has also created jobs that wouldn't exist otherwise. With the downfall of human civilization imminent, The OASIS is basically the only thing keeping the world from utter chaos. It is free to access and only costs 25 cents (like all original arcade games) to join.
As the book progresses, we learn that the lead programmer and co-founder of the OASIS, James Haliday, has died and in his will, he created a game within the OASIS. The winner of this game will gain control of the OASIS as well as inherit Haliday's fortune worth billions of dollars. As with most video games, especially the earlier made ones in the 70s and 80s, there are easter eggs. These are things within the game that the original programmer makes without anyone else's knowledge and hides within the game's code. Whoever can find Haliday's easter egg will win the game.
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