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Climate change, loss of biodiversity, pollution, global warming, overpopulation and constant power outages are some of the many environmental problems the Earth is facing in the year 2044. However, it’s not all lost. There is still one place where people can feel safe… the virtual world known as the OASIS. You can choose to be whoever you want to be regardless of your true self inside OASIS.
James Halliday, the creator of OASIS, leaves a message for the whole world to see after his death. Whoever finds 3 hidden keys inside the massive virtual world, will inherit unimaginable amounts of wealth and other riches.
Young Wade Watts and billions of other people around the globe will go on a long journey based on the creator’s obsessions to find the secret “Easter Egg” James Halliday hid inside his game.
5 years after an exhausting hopeless search, one day, Wade becomes the most valuable person on earth by finding the first clue to the Easter egg. A clue people will kill for in real life. This puts Wade in extreme danger, and the only way he can survive is by winning.
This futuristic novel, part intergalactic scavenger hunt and part romance has engaged millions of readers with its originality and love to retro videogames and the 80s.
Ernest Cline did an exceptional job by describing all of his childhood arcade videogames, music, movies, TV shows and books, even when he was born in a town full of churches and no arcades or MTV. According to him, he was also named after a Muppet. Later on, Cline would have developed an addiction to Atari and learned how to code in BASIC.
Years later Cline finds himself writing his first novel, Ready Player One. It becomes a New York Times Bestseller; Warner Bros instantly snagged the movie rights, and Cline was able to buy his dream car.
Understanding Ready Player One can sometimes be troubling because it is linked to tons of Videogames and TV shows from the 80’s, even for the people who have actually lived through the decade; Cline’s collection of media was ridiculously broad, that is for a fact, but the writing of every single detail enhanced the reading experience, even for those without the vast knowledge of mentioned decade.
Cline always found a way to make me relate to the book. It was like all of the concepts of the book were already thought of, but no one ever had written them in such way.
Throughout my journey in the book, I constantly stopped reading to think to myself if I would have taken the same decision as Cline, and it always ended up being a debate against myself. The ability to create such polemic scenarios in every chapter was the thing that I loved most about the book.
Another thing I liked about the book was the whole escaping reality concept. I feel like Cline was trying to project himself in his years of youth throughout the whole book. It really would be amazing to zone out into another reality sometimes, but I liked that Cline saw how this wouldn’t end out being a positive thing. Wade loved being in his virtual OASIS world; he would stay up entire weeks playing it, but in the end he realised that nothing really was real, and as much as he hated the real world he needed to be present in it.
At the end, the novel has an engaging narrative style that keeps you entertained all the way, marveling about this extraordinary future with all its wonders and dangers, absolutely fantastic; Cline had done something no other writer has ever done before and took by storm not only the entire geek army, but the whole world with this New York Times Bestseller. I insist what made this book a huge success was definitely the futuristic setting, part intergalactic scavenger hunt and part romance with tons of originality and love to retro videogames and the 80s decade.
From harry potter fans to Charlie and the chocolate factory fans; this book is suitable for everyone. It will be extremely different from anything you have ever read, and it will definitely put your 80’s knowledge to good use.
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