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The year is 2044 and the world has gone to hell in a handbasket…
Luckily, there’s the OASIS, a simulated reality created by James Halliday (think Steve Jobs), where everybody and their dog spends their time.
Wade Watts, the protagonist of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, lives in a trailer stack (check out the book cover; it’s dope) in Oklahoma City where he experiences 99% of his life inside the OASIS, where he goes to school, plays games, and socializes with his fellow nerds.
When Halliday dies (5 years prior to the start of the book) and everyone with access to the OASIS has the opportunity to find Halliday’s “egg”, a prize he’s hidden deep within his virtual matrix, he creates a Willy Wonka-type situation in which the winner will inherit his $200+ billion life savings.
Jam-packed with 80s trivia, Ready Player One will delight even the least nerdy nerd. If you are familiar at all with the films of John Hughes or old coin-operated video games, you will relish every reference, which include (but certainly aren’t limited to) Stars Wars, Pac-Man, Adventure, Monty Python, Ferris Bueller, etcetera.
Alongside his best buddies Art3mis (Artemis) and Aech (H), Wade, who is known by his pseudonym Parzival in the OASIS, undergoes three trials at three different stages that test his knowledge of all things James Halliday. The book is broken up accordingly into three sections, Levels One, Two and Three, and is crammed with quickly paced battle scenes and real-world trauma too.
There are some major No Man’s Sky vibes as Wade and his friends teleport between planets and run into trouble (of course) with other gunters, or “egg hunters.”
But in a virtual reality, how can you know what’s real and what’s not? Find out by reading the book before the movie—directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse) as Wade and Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Art3mis—hits theaters March 2018.
If you like Ready Player One, check out Cline’s second novel ARMADA:
“Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.
But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.
And then he sees the flying saucer.”
Happy reading 🙂