Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Narrators: Wil Wheaton
Genre: Science Fiction
Audio: 15.6 hours
Wade (or Parzival as he is known in The Oasis) is a teenager living in Oklahoma City in the 2040s. The world is in shambles thanks to rising energy costs. Poverty is everywhere. But people have an escape: The Oasis. The Oasis is a virtual reality where people can go to school, get jobs, and live their lives away from the “real” world.
When The Oasis’ creator, James Halliday, dies, he leaves his fortune (and control of The Oasis) to the first person to find his hidden easter egg within the world he created. But James Halliday was stuck in the decade in which he was a teenager: the 1980s. So the world must embrace that era once again.
Wade becomes a Gunter (someone devoted to hunting Halliday’s Easter Egg). He dedicates all of his free time to learning about Halliday and the 1980s. When he becomes the first person to stumble on the first of the three keys necessary to finding the egg, he is thrust into the spotlight and his knowledge is put to the test.
I really didn’t think that I would love this one as much as people told me I would. It sounds so geeky and too heavy on the sci-fi. But I totally embraced the geek and fell hard for this book. My fingers just typed sigh-fi by mistake but it might apply because it was SO GOOD. *sighs*
Ready Player One finds the perfect balance of world-building and moving the story forward. We get a ton of information on the real world and The Oasis. Although most of the action takes place in The Oasis, there is adventure, romance, and friendship. Plus there is a Big Bad in the form of an evil corporation. Now there is a good enemy.
The 80s references are too much fun. If you were born in the 70s (oh how I wish I were just a little bit older so I could experience this book like you), you need to read this book. But even I, who wasn’t watching much more than Sesame Street and Jem in the 80s, enjoyed it).
Please, please, please listen to this one. Wil Wheaton (of Star Trek fame or more recently known as Sheldon Cooper’s nemesis) is FABULOUS. The audio is not short, but I promise you that you will not want to stop listening. I found myself looking for extra chores to do just so I could keep listening.