Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Release Date: August 2011
** spoiler alert ** I was recommended this book by a buddy who definitely knew it would be up my alley. The story is about a future where everybody is plugged into an internet that is similar to World of Warcraft except it isn’t restricted to that one game. Essentially, people all have avatars online that they use to go shopping, go to school, or even go to work. The system that allows all of this is called Oasis, and the creator of it left behind several clues and leading to an egg. Whoever finds the egg will become the owner of Oasis, and the richest and most powerful person in the world.
The best part about this book for me was the use of nostalgia. The hidden clues are all based on things that the creator of the Oasis liked when he was a kid, so mainly stuff from the 80’s and 90’s. As a result, people hunting for the egg become obsessed with the same things. The characters were all highly proficient at everything they did, which seemed unrealistic until you recall that they are the top four or five players in the world at searching for this item.
My main complaint with the book was about 1/3 of the way through I thought I had the ending figured out, but surprisingly I missed the mark by quite a bit. It’s only a complaint because I actually think the ending I was predicting ***spoiler alert for an ending that didn’t happen follows below** would have been more fulfilling. I think I was hoping at some point the last clue would have required somebody to leave Oasis and find something in the real world, with a moral of the story being to live a real life, not just one plugged into the system. As it was, the actual ending was more or less the end of the hero’s journey. Overall this was a great read.