This is an amazing book that has clearly taken a lot of thought and structure to make it into what it is. Ready Player One follows the journey of Wade Watts as he tries to negotiate through a virtual world called the OASIS. When the creator dies he leaves his fortune to the lucky winner who manages to crack the puzzles and clues he strategically places in the OASIS.
Although I didn’t grow up in the eighties I was able to relate to a lot of the references, music, video games and movies. I have seen, heard of or watched many of them so it was so much fun to see them mentioned in the plot. This book really stands out for me on a unique and individual level, I have never read anything like it and was really intrigued and motivated to finish it.
Also it was almost like an insight into the future of the world as so much of life is becoming translated to the internet, it’s really only a matter of time before school takes place in a virtual matter since already some university courses are online. Not to mention the underlying references to overpopulation and lack of resources for the world, again all something to be expected if the world continues in the same way every day.
I thought this book was a constant struggle between a bitter life and an easier, happier virtual life especially for Wade who lives in an overcrowded trailer park with family who mistreat him. He finds refuge in the OASIS and friends, not to mention once the competition is underway he sees a way to escape his life and build a new one for himself.
I liked the characters in this book as they all had different qualities displayed in the virtual world and the real one. I found it interesting how some of the characters only appear to the reader through the OASIS which leaves you wondering whether that is their true personality or their confident, online persona. I found Wade to be a likeable character, someone who the reader wants to see do well and who is quirky and funny.
As for the writing, this book was easy to read, the text flowed perfectly with the speed of the plot and I barely noticed the time going by. The font was a little bit smaller than usual and it is a chunkier book but I felt it made me read the book a tad slower and appreciate the plot for what is. Honestly I’d have liked this book to have been more than a standalone novel. It holds some great characters and has the potential to be a series. I also think this book would make a pretty cool movie too, I’d love to see the OASIS on a big screen.
I am giving this book a 5 out of 5 stars on goodreads as I really enjoyed it and it stood out for me in a unique way. I doubt I will find another plot like this so definitely pick it up if you enjoy an out of this world read.