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This is a spoiler free review, which I’m going to find a little tricky considering I just want to gush about how delightful this book was.

In the grim future of the year 2044, the world has become obsessed with living inside the virtual world of the OASIS, an online reality created by the late billionaire James Halliday. Upon the news of his passing, it is revealed that when the OASIS was created, an Easter egg was hidden inside the online universe by Halliday himself, and his entire $250 billion fortune, would go to the player who can find it. The contest however, is not that simple – requiring players to sift through every little detail of the creator’s life and his fixation on 80’s pop culture and videogames, to unravel a series of riddles and clues, leading towards finding the egg. That, and being against big corporations working together who will stop at nothing (and I mean nothing) to acquire it.

Are you ready, Player One?

Every so often, a book comes along that feels like it was written especially for you. This is what Ready Player One felt like to me. It combined everything I could want from a book and ticked all the boxes. It was a breath of fresh air in science fiction and was unlike anything I’ve ever read before and that being said, it’s worth a read. (No seriously, go and pick it up now) Especially if you’re a giant nerd at heart.

The first thing I have to mention is, Cline knows his stuff. From the get go, this book is filled to the brim with nods and references to 80’s pop culture and old school video games, which are the driving force behind its epic plot.
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Loved this. As a computer and gaming geek in the eighties and nineties, I related to much of the extensive research gone into by Mr Cline (who I feel has to be a geek too). Although extensively description for the first half of the book, Cline holds you in place with an excellent depiction of a very plausible world in the not-to-distant future. His creation of a virtual world that many people 'live in' alongside real life, being the logical extension of current MMORPGs, is done with skill and flair. His constant entanglement of old computers, games and music with his protagonist's life-threatening goal is nothing short of brilliant.

I consumed it through audio, and Will Wheaton, aka the young Ensign Crusher from Star Trek, did the job perfectly.

I found some of the descriptions a little long and bordered on the tedious, but after the second half the story really got going and held the tension well to a respectable finish.
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I bought this book on a recommendation from a family member, given I am also a little bit of a enthusiastic video gamer myself. The book follows the story of a teenager by the name of WADE (or as he is commonly referred to from his online user account: PARZIVAL) in a world where the online OASIS is used a place where you can escape the harsh reality of a economically shattered and regressive world where society is not what is used to be (and the marginalisation of the poor and rich is ridiculous!) and soon throws him into a competition where he has to find 3 keys which unlock 3 gates and in the end the prize is an Easter Egg with a very handsome 240 billion dollar reward. Unrealistic you might think? Yes, well the book feels very much like a mix of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' (but stereotyping video games a little) and the 1989 movie known as 'The Wizard'. I love video games and have probably played around 400+ games in my life, but the book is a little ambitious at times and sometimes you feel a little too fantasy where kids can easily master games by playing them for a few hours and can get through almost every TV series and video game that might have been released in the 1980s and 1990s before reaching the age of 21. Personally I don't think this is humanly possible and often felt the story trying to portray super human aptitudes. I like reading from time to time, but I felt this book is intended for thos that love games (much like me) but don't find anytime to play either MMOs or online games of other genres (which I very much love doing, having played games like: Final Fantasy XIV, Destiny, Elder Scroll Online, The Division). The book was fun to read and I looked the climatic battle at the end, but in no way is this a book that truly represents games as we know them and therefore a word of warning to those that are looking for something that they can relate to.
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Let me put it this way: I am trying to work on my reading habits. I used to read a lot, getting through at least 10 books a month. Then I slacked off my reading and now you might say that I read 10 books a year. Way less impressive.

Part of the problem is that it is a lot more rare now for me to come across a book that captivates me.
I may find the subject matter interesting, or feel as though it is a book I "ought" to have read, but I am seldomly captivated, in the sense of sacrificing my computer time in favor of reading, staying up late thinking "Just one more chapter" and being mentally obsessed with a character for days.

I was captivated by this book. I bought it on a whim upon hearing that Spielberg is turning it into a film, only having read the blurb. From page one I was interested and it wasn't long until I was captivated. I finished it in a matter of days and emerged from the world created by Cline unsettled, satisfied, intrigued, and disappointed that the story had to end. It is a world that, well, I wouldn't necessarily want to live in, but that I enjoyed immensely and would love to immerse myself in for long hours, just as Wade immerses himself in the OASIS.

This has also given me a new challenge - watch/read/listen to the many 80s references present in this book and understand why these references are important to this storyline.

In short, read this, as it is one of the most enjoyable reads I have had in a long time.
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