Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Book Review

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I ended up really enjoying this book, against my better judgment – it kept me hooked and I found myself picking it up, again and again, wanting to know what happened next. A fun, geeky read for sci-fi fans and video gamers.

Sorrento made a truly hateful villain, impressive since he’s not in the book himself all that much, and even though I could see the OASIS was a poisonous obsession and scarily something I could imagine coming along and ruining our lives in reality I still despised the Sixers (Sux0rz, if you prefer) and what they planned to do. Not because I equated it to the end of the world like the characters clearly did, but because a dying wish is a dying wish and trying to manipulate it the way they wanted to was pretty sucky, to say the least.

Granted it’s far from perfect and a lot of the 80s references went way over my head having been born at the tail end of the nineties but I appreciated the effort the author had clearly put into it, even if it felt like he was just like James Halliday attempting to enshrine and force his obsession with a bygone era on the reader.

There were aย fewย things I didn’t like about it besides this, Wade, for example, I found fickle – he dedicates five years of his life to obsessing over the hunt for the egg and within two seconds he doesn’t care anymore and he’s obsessed with some random girl he stalked as a side hobby? Pick an obsession and stick with it, dude.

There were very specific phrases and sentences that made several identical appearances which were glaringly obvious and slightly annoying to me since they could have been easily replaced by something else – “Get the hell out of Dodge” was used a total of four times in the book, doesn’t sound like much but when it’s only 372 pages long, it’s 3 times too many in my opinion. That, and “I’d never had such an immediate connection with a human being,” I think also tallied 3 or 4, – yeah we get it, you like her a lot. Shut up.

Yet despite all this, I didย reallyย like it because though I’m not quite on Wade’s level, I could relate to the general nerdiness even if it was over a lot of things I didn’t follow myself.

(The Rivendell themed mansion soundedย a-mazing).

25 thoughts on “Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Book Review

    • It’s more dystopian with sci-fi overtones, you’d probably appreciate the 80s references more but there are a lot of references post and pre 80s in there too so he’s got something for everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • That’s fair enough, I class it as sci fi but I know others that think it’s more dystopian with a video game twist which is just as true, thank You!

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    • Oh man, I need that audiobook in my life so bad. I was born nineties but grew up noughties so my knowledge of the 80s is sparse – less so after reading this though!

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  1. I am not a sci-fi fan but I am drawn to this probably because of the 80’s references. I was bopping through the 80’s first as a pre-teen and then as a teen so needless to say there are a lot of memories from then.

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