“In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked up into the OASIS, a vast virtual world where most of humanity spends their days.
When the eccentric creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of fiendish puzzles, based on his obsession with the pop culture of decades past. Whoever is first to solve them will inherit his fast fortune-and control of the OASIS itself.
Then Wade cracks the first clue. Suddenly he’s beset by rivals who’ll kill to take this prize. The race is on—and the only way to survive is to win.”
This is the premise of the book, Ready Player One, which was written by Ernest Cline. It is also, I think one of the best sci-fi novels that ever came out. It is especially wonderful if you are an eighties kid like me, steeped in wonderful pop culture references and subtle and not so subtle pokes at the nerds and geeks that love and obsess over them.
It is also a pretty great social commentary. It gives us a picture of what our world could look like, as we start to show many of the problems that the book shows such as severe famine, joblessness, poverty, crime and the troubles that come with gaming addiction. And all of it tied to a gripping adventure/mystery that will literally have you on the edge of your seat the whole way. I found myself deeply empathizing with the main character, Wade Watts, who was blessed/cursed with his mane because his desired father thought it made him sound like a superhero. Let’s face it, Wade was doomed from birth to be a geek/nerd.
His surroundings in what the book described ‘the stacks’ only made that obsession more understandable and even relatable.
Wade is a really dynamic character, who could have easily suffered from the male equivalent of mary sue, but was prevented from this dire fate by his relatable flaws, and contradictions. And I think many geek/nerds would be able to relate to a character like him because, while trying not to sound like a stereotype, he manages to encompass the trials and tribulations (Star Trek Reference here…because I can) that many who are called a nerd and/or geek go through.
What can I say. The story is engaging, the twists and turns are amazing, the characters are wonderfull and the whole experience is a delight. I recommend it to all readers, but especially those who remember the eighties/nineties. Or are a fan of the culture that was a big deal in those decades.
Now, I’m back to reading this book for the second time. Or is it the third. I lost count.
Have a lovely day! And keep creating.