It’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We’re out of oil. We’ve wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who died with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS – and his massive fortune – will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.
When Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle. He suddenly finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions – and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.
I knew when I picked up this book that I was going to enjoy it. I had heard good things from the book blogger/tuber community and also from my dad. He was actually the one who found it in our local library and took it out. When he was done reading it he passed it on to me.
I was hooked from the beginning. Ready player one is set in a futuristic world where everyone uses the Oasis, an alternative reality, to escape the depressing real world and straight away you are told about the contest. The creator of the Oasis James Halliday has died and left his entire fortune to whoever can solve the riddles and find the three keys he left in the Oasis. The main character Wade Watts is the first person to find the first key.
Wade is 18 and still in High School, which I found a little surprising because this book is adult science fiction and not YA. He and the other characters in the book are well developed and the world building is good. We are given a lot of back story about the James Halliday, how the Oasis came to be and a lot of descriptions of the Oasis itself.
The pacing of the events in the book is good, there are quite a lot of big events that happen but they don’t happen one after the other. They are paced so that you don’t get overwhelmed with too much action or bored because nothing has happened in a while.
One of the things I loved the most about this book is how nerdy it is. The book is full of 80’s pop culture references and pretty much anything that you can be nerdy about (Lord of the rings, dungeons and dragons, Harry Potter, Doctor who Etc.) is mentioned in some way.
Ready Player One is my favourite book that I’ve read this year. If you get a chance to read it you should definitely pick it up, I promise you won’t regret it.