Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ready Player One by, Ernest Cline narrated by, Wil Wheaton

Ready Player One by, Ernest Cline narrated by, Wil Wheaton

Synopsis from Goodreads:
A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

My Review:

I do think you need to be a gamer or at the very least a bit of a nerd (said in the most loving way) to get all the early game references and you may need to be a bit older to understand some of the 80’s references. So, lucky for me I am all of the above!

It did take me a little while to get used to the virtual world, (the fact that this is all taking place inside a virtual world) however I want to go to a virtual world where I can visit Disc World & Magrathea! Oh and the actual Planet Transsexual for a viewing of Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Joust I remember standing in the arcade playing that for hours. Galaga,Pac Man oh just pretty much all of them. I probably wouldn’t know every word to War Games but if I needed to know every word to Breakfast Club I could do it!

HaHaHa voting for Cory Doctorow and Wil Wheaton when Wil Wheaton is narrating-- love it!

I feel nerdier and nerdier as this book continues with its fast action mentions of everything 80’s and 90’s at least everything that has to do with gaming or sci-fi movies and tv.

This book was a fun adventure with a bit of a predictable ending but who cares just sit back and enjoy the ride! I would recommend this book to any gamer, nerd, & 80’s addict out there. This book is actually really hard to review because it is hard to explain because there is so much going on.It made me want to go watch War Games, Blade Runner & Monty Pythons the Holy Grail again! It’s just fun!

Wil Wheaton's narration was fabulous can't imagine anyone else narrating it!

4 stars

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