If you like retrogaming and 80s references you will love this, guaranteed.,
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This review is from: Ready Player One (Kindle Edition)
This book is a Willy Wonka Golden Ticket story, set in 2044 amidst a backdrop of futuristic social media and vast amounts of 80s pop culture. It's an absolutely essential read for anyone into retro video games, and would also be enjoyed by any reasonably geeky person who likes 80s music, movie and roleplaying references.
I usually critique a book by raising a few points that I felt could be improved, but honestly, everything was spot on for me. The characterisation, humour and pacing were all perfect. The race to win the grand prize is genuinely engaging - I really found myself caught up in the drama of each gate being opened - much like the world's audience in the book itself.
The references are incredibly well done which is worthy of note in itself. There would only have had to be a single scene referencing an 80s film that was done badly, for the enjoyment to end and the cringing to start - but it just didn't happen. Time after time (sic) the author drops something in that is just joyously nostalgic. That's not to say I got all the references of course [you'd have to be an Alpha Nerd to get all of them - my own areas of ignorance seem to be with Japanese mecha anime, much to my shame] but it doesn't matter - there is enough in there to please even a moderate geek that is aware that the 80s existed.
To me, this is a clear example of a labour of love. Cline has put things in this book that he knows that only one person in fifty will get, and he's done it anyway, as it meant something to him. I think that's part of the secret of why it works - there is no pandering to the masses here, just an extremely original futuristic story brimming with retro charm and zing.
I've recommended this to lots of friends, male and female, and they've all loved it too (at least one bought the audiobook version).
So, I would say you do need to be a bit of a geek to get the most out of this, but, refreshingly, it appeals equally to both sexes. Not often you can say that!