Ready yourselves, geeks, nerds, and anyone who is a huge fan of ANYTHING! Ready Player One was pretty awesome. It was an easy ready and quite good fun, despite the writing not being amazing! But you know what? I had FUN reading this! Huge thanks to Penguin for sending me a copy of the film tie-in edition!
In the year 2045, the world is an ugly place. No wonder the majority of the population spends most of their time in OASIS, a hugely detailed and vast virtual world where anything is possible. It’s where Wade Watts really feels alive. When the eccentric creator of OASIS dies, he leaves behind an easter egg hunt complete with fiendish puzzles and clues all based on the pop culture of the 70’s and 80’s. Whoever finds the easter egg will inherit his fortune – and OASIS itself. When Wade cracks the first puzzle out of nowhere, the hunt kicks up a notch and it turns from friendly rivalry to fierce and dangerous competition from other OASIS users. And some of these users will stop at nothing to get the egg…
If you’re like me, and you love video games and movies, this book is for you. If you love pointing out easter eggs and finding obscure facts and references about your favourite games and movies, this book is for you. Wade Watts is essentially a mega-nerd fanboy, which makes this book even more fun to read. Wade knows everything there is to know about OASIS creator James Halliday; he’s watched all the TV shows he ever mentioned, listened to every band/song/music piece referenced by him, played every single tabletop game and arcade machine several times over. Why? Because Halliday has hidden his elusive Halliday Egg somewhere in OASIS, and only one with the knowledge of the obscure and obsessive would be able to work out these clues.
As I mentioned before, the writing isn’t amazing. The tense is a little choppy, and at times there were paragraphs of unnecessary description (there was a whole load of pages dedicated to Wade describing in detail every piece of his OASIS immersion suit which could have been done in a couple of paragraphs) but you know what? I think this really added to the book and how Wade as a character is. He’s nerdy, and obviously excited about these things, so will describe them in great detail! I know I’ve done that before.
The whole point of the OASIS is about privacy and immersion; you can be whatever you want in the OASIS. Wade makes friends with fellow egg hunters – gunters – but soon realises that their privacy is being invaded by those who would stop at nothing to get a hold of the egg. Usually going by his avatar name of Parzival, Wade has to tread carefully to avoid his whole life crashing down around him. The other characters he meets in OASIS, Aech and Art3mis, are also really good fun. Aech seems like such a good person, and always has an eye out for Parzival. Art3mis was a gunter after everyone’s heart; confident, clever, and knew exactly how to get through the OASIS and find the keys to get to the egg.
This book was a really fun read. I enjoyed every second of it, and had so much fun imagining how amazing the OASIS could be. I can’t wait to see how they’ve created it for the film; it seems very ambitious but I’m really excited to see how it all plays out!
Final thought: Nerdy, reference filled fun! 4/5