“When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.”*
As my venture back into books begins, I fall back into my old ways. The ways of a young child chastised for spending more time with her books and less time in the drama of family. The ways of someone who…is addicted to books. I read all night, to the shine of the closet light, and didn’t finish until almost 4:30am.
As it’s known, I’m trying to gain more friends in the real world. I have my guy, I have my books and I have those online who pretend to know me. They don’t count. I haven’t really found anyone that I can really call a friend that I meet IRL. Sounds weird, like I seem so extroverted but I am not, I just talk too much. I used to be really shy and while that ship has sailed, I am still an introvert and it’s difficult to find friends in the real world. It actually requires you to leave your house, to look up from your book or to interact with someone standing in front of you. I think that is more or less the reason I related to the main character of this book so well.
Anyway, I met a new friend, C, at a All Time Low concert that I attended back in August with Tony and we hit it off. Over New Year’s Eve I spent some time at her apartment and saw that she had a pretty sweet copy of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I had seen the movie trailer and was very excited to see it, then I heard that it was adapted from a book and knew I just had to read it. I asked to borrow it and here we are, three days later.
I loved it. I started reading it around 11pm and couldn’t put it down. It is the epitome of a nerd novel and it’s very well done. The futuristic dystopian world, with it’s spin on technology and education, is genius. The main character’s voice is relatable, honest, and interesting. I will say, there were some parts that may have made my eyes glaze over. I think it was just because the writer spent a large amount of time explaining the world, the hierarchy and the history of things. Don’t get me wrong, it is definitely needed and you appreciate it when you hear the MC, Wade’s thought process in figuring out where the keys are and his feelings toward others in the Oasis.
I would definitely recommend this book. It doesn’t matter if you are into video games or not. I am but not to the level of someone who might’ve become a gunter, in their own right. You can appreciate the 80’s references, the technology upgrades, the fast paced fighting and the visualization even if you are not a nerd. It’s ok, we still love you.
The crazy thing is that I would totally participate in something like this, in real life. Not to this extreme but if someone had clues set up (especially book related), you could compete with others and there was a prize I’d definitely do it! I was actually thinking about this after I read the book, about creating a puzzle or cypher of my own that you could find from a riddle that leads to a specific book. Then I’d post it for the world to decipher and they would get harder as I went along. I’m getting excited just thinking about it! If that’s something you’d enjoy let me know!
If you’ve read this book, if you liked it, disliked it, hated it or haven’t read it but have plans to…let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts. And if you have any book suggestions for me to read or any reviews you’d like to see here, let me know!