Ready Player One Audiobook + Digital Book Included
Product Review (submitted on September 3, 2018):
I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline to fulfill the prompt of “A cyberpunk book” for the 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.
Ready Player One is the story of Wade Watts, an impoverished teen in the near-future who lives with his aunt. The world pretty much still sucks in 2044, so most of humanity spends its time plugged into a virtual reality called OASIS.
The creator of OASIS died a recluse, but left his fortune (including OASIS as well as billions of dollars) to whoever could find his hidden Easter egg: 3 keys to unlock 3 gates—each with a different challenge inside—within OASIS.
Despite some corporate-sponsored gaming super-powers who would stoop to anything—even real-world murder—to gain the billions of dollars at stake, Wade suddenly finds a clue that puts him in the thick of the hunt, then he discovers he’s not alone.
Soon Wade has more in-game fame (and credits) than he’s ever imagined, and finds himself struggling to maintain relationships with his best (only) in-game friend, as well as a famous egg-hunter he’s had a crush on for years—who might be using his feelings for her to further her own agenda—while trying to remain hidden from the evil corporation who wants to take over OASIS and the world.
If you’re an 80s kid, or just have a fondness for the media of that era, this book will hold some extra nostalgic value for you. Even without knowledge of the music, movies, and video games, it’s possible to enjoy this, but nerds (and I use the term lovingly, since I am one) will likely love it more.