Ready player one by Ernest Cline

  Review by:  Lisa

Title:  Ready player one

Author:  Ernest Cline

Collection:  Adult Fiction

Ready Player One takes place in the not-so-distant future–the world has turned into a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia. People can plug into OASIS to play, go to school, earn money, and even meet other people (or at least they can meet their avatars), and for protagonist Wade Watts it certainly beats passing the time in his grim, poverty-stricken real life. Along with millions of other world-wide citizens, Wade dreams of finding three keys left behind by James Halliday, the now-deceased creator of OASIS and the richest man to have ever lived. The keys are rumored to be hidden inside OASIS, and whoever finds them will inherit Halliday’s fortune. But Halliday has not made it easy. And there are real dangers in this virtual world. Stuffed to the gills with action, puzzles, nerdy romance, and 80s nostalgia, this high energy cyber-quest will make geeks everywhere feel like they were separated at birth from author Ernest Cline.–Chris Schluep (Amazon.com Best Books of  August 2011)

Geeks of the 80’s unite!  For me, this book was a rollicking good time, taking me back to my youth!  If you remember playing Atari 2600 games  like Space Invaders, or Joust at the arcade, or watching movies like Star Wars, WarGames, Ladyhawke, or Monty Python and the Holy Grail, you will be appreciative of the nostalgia featured in the story.  Author Ernest Cline is responsible for the movie Fanboys, which tells the story of a group of anxious fans who decide to break into Skywalker Ranch and steal an early print of “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” for their friend who is suffering from cancer.  Highly recommended.

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