Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

A book recommended by a friend. Book #9 out of 12 for Project 2022. Since I am on a science fiction kick my friend thought I would enjoy this book. In order to win the fortune of a billionaire after he dies, the man creates a video game with games that must be completed in order to collect his money. Wade Watts, the main character, devoted his life to knowing everything he could about the billionaire. He uses that knowledge to play the game.

These three words were always the last thing an OASIS user saw before leaving the real world and entering the virtual one: READY PLAYER ONE.

I’m not sure I would recommend it to many people who aren’t interested in video games or aren’t a little geeky. It took me a while to finish this book because I did not understand most of the references and I felt like it had too many details which did not interest me. I will say that at one point I felt like not finishing it, but something shocking occurs and it changed my mind. After that point I just had to know what would happen and I was not at all disappointed in the ending. I can see how this book could be either enjoyable to some people or completely boring to others.

I was watching a collection of vintage ’80s cereal commercials when I paused to wonder why cereal manufacturers no longer included toy prizes inside every box. It was a tragedy, in my opinion. Another sign that civilization was going straight down the tubes.

There are so many 80’s references in the book and all of them are based on real things and events. I found the book to be believable because the author adds so many details that many people will have heard of. I liked the way the plot was set up even though I felt like it could have been wrapped up more quickly than it was. It is easy to root for the characters and there is a diverse cast of people which I appreciate. There is definitely a lesson to be learned in the book but I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who might read this book. All in all if you are a little geeky or have ever felt like people never really understood you, then do read this book.

You know you’ve totally screwed up your life when the whole world turns to shit and the only person you have to talk to is your system agent software!

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