Hi! I finally read one of the most popular books of the last 3 or 4 years, Ready Player One. As expected i really enjoyed it, reading it in just 5 days, that currently for me is an amazing thing! I also saw the movie on the same day i finished the book so i have a really strong opinion about it, which i will leave at the end.
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
A book about being a geek what else would be more appropriated for someone like me? This was what got me to read this in the first place, together with all the hype created around it. I was never a big geek for 80’s pop culture but i really enjoy this time and all the movies, music, games etc. Therefore reading every reference was a great experience.
We follow Wade/Parzival after he discovers the first key in James Halliday easter egg hunt. Halliday, creator of the OASIS the biggest and greatest simulator in the world, planted an easter egg on the game, after his dead, that would give ownership of the OASIS to the player that could find it first. To get to it you would have be knowledgeable of 80’s pop culture and Halliday’s life/tastes etc. Wade was one of the Gunters (Egg Hunters) and after 5 years of nothing he was the first to solve the first riddle.
The book is amazing, from the references to character development. I started the book with the impression that Wade was very selfish/childish, from his opinions to his reactions but by the end i saw an evolution on his personality. I believe this evolution mirrored his age also, since at the start he is 18 and by the end 22. The other characters felt like expected and created a perfect geek group.
Overall, 5 out of 5, it has it’s flaws but i loved it at the end. Now the movie… LOL a big fat LOL, maybe because i had the book story really fresh in my head but the movie has absolutely nothing to do with the book and i’m sad to seed Ernest had power over the script. From making Art3mis and Parzival a since from the start, to having Halliday and Og being side (FAR FAR) characters to making the OASIS easy to hack (that would not happen on Halliday shift). It is a good movie but don’t even compare it to the book. I understand all the changes but what made the book so good to me (the logic being every clue and and key/gate) was missing.
Read this book just for the fun of it!
Spoillery review next, a small one this time.