Ready Player One, Ernest Cline

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  1. bachbooks Says:

    Summary:
    Wade Watts lives in a dystopian future America wracked by environmental destruction and extreme poverty, so he spends most of his time escaping into the virtual reality of the OASIS. In this fully immersive online world, his avatar “Parzival” makes friends, racks up experience points, attends high school, and participates in “the hunt.” When OASIS creator James Halliday died, he announced that he had hidden an “Easter egg” somewhere in the virtual world of OASIS, and that the first person to find this egg would inherit his entire fortune. Parzival and his online friends follow Halliday’s clues to track down keys and clues which will guide them closer to the egg, but they have to contend with IOI (Innovative Online Industries), a ruthless multinational corporation which will stop at nothing to locate the egg and obtain its treasure.

    Evaluation:
    I enjoyed this quick and compelling read. Through James Halliday and his 1980s nostalgia, Ernest Cline pays tribute to the first golden age of video gaming along with the atmosphere of 80s movies and music. While readers at and approaching middle age will appreciate the 1980s tribute, readers of all ages interested in dystopian action and adventure stories should read Ready Player One. This book will also appeal to gamers and fans of hacker culture. As it celebrates a pop culture of the past, it also warns of the dangers of neglecting reality in favor of virtual reality.

    Rating: 4 stars

    Recommendations: Ender’s Game, Little Brother, Homeland, Neuromancer, 1984, Divergent, The Hunger Games

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