Friday, April 5, 2013

Ready Player One

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a great book. If you were a teenager in the 1980s you'll smile, chuckle and maybe laugh out loud. You might even get an earworm or two. If you weren't lucky enough to be alive in the 80s you can still find something interesting in this book.

Wade is like everyone else in this future world, he spends most of his time logged into a virtual world. He even goes to school there. In his spare time he tries to win The Game. A wealthy game designer left his millions to the person who can win his final game. People have been trying for years to figure it out. When Wade figures out the first clue the world goes wild.

The rest of the book is a fast paced adventure/thriller in which Wade has to beat the competition to the clues and win the mini-games before anyone else. He's hampered by a big company that will do ANYTHING to win.

I loved this book. But my one nitpick comes three quarters of the way through the book when Wade infiltrates the evil company's headquarters. In the beginning of the book Wade seems like a rather naive underachiever. All of a sudden he comes up with this very complex plan for getting into the Big Bad's home office. He also knows that indentured servitude is forever because once you start you can never pay off your debts. I have no idea how he knows this little piece of knowledge. While he's in the lair of the enemy everything goes really fast. Bish, bash, bosh he's done and out the door. I really think it would have been more complicated and taken more time.

It's such a little quibble that I'm able to ignore it. I enjoyed this book so much I'd even watch a movie version.

If you're into audio books, the Ready Player One: Audio Version is read by Wil Wheaton.