#5 - book club - Ready Player OneTuesday, November 05, 2013
(I'm not one for fireworks - so tonight am blogging about my latest read).
One of the lovely ladies in my book club was recently given this book as a gift by her boyfriend. Her initial reaction was - "what? you got a book that you like?" but since then this book has done the rounds of our cheese and wine club (aka book club) and the consensus has been "actually, this is a pretty good, even if you don't like video games". Ready?
Ready Player One is a science fiction gaming extravaganza / 1980s blast from the past novel by Ernest Cline, that was first published in 2011.
The story is set in the year 2044 - and you guessed it - the world is in near-ruins. There's no space, the environment has been almost destroyed, and most of earth's inhabitants live in caravans that are piled on top of each other (there's that lack of space theme again). The 'real living' goes on in a cyber-world known as OASIS, and it's pretty much a giant multi-player game where anyone can be anyone, and live a life they only need to imagine. Everyone has an avatar.
The OASIS was created by a dude named James Halliday, who announces to the world on his death that he's leaving his fortune to the person who can solve a series of puzzles or 'keys' within the OASIS. To do this though, the world must find them - and the search for these keys becomes known as the Hunt.
Ready Player One starts many years after Halliday's death, and none of the keys have been found. Until one day ordinary Wade Watts works out the first clue...
This book is quote "nostalgia porn", and if you grew up in the 1980s, and enjoy reminiscing about 80s popular culture, you will devour this one. I particularly enjoyed the references to Blade Runner, one of my all-time favourite movies.
Imaginative, and full-speed are how I'd describe it. Once you've popped you can't stop. I found it impossible to put this book down. As did all the other ladies in my book club.
If you'd like to know more - here's a great interview with Ernest Cline on YouTube.
4/5 claire stars
Want to know what else I've read? Here's my reading list:
Or read about my Book Club - the beginning here.