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Ready Player One Book Review: tender masterpiece

Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is a nostalgic triumph. I unapologetically love Ready Player One in all its referential and pop culture glory. It takes video games, film and humanity and builds it in such beauty and gripping detail.

Ready Player One finds humanity living detached, from a dying world, in a vast virtual world called the Oasis. Everyone lives two lives: one in the Oasis and one in the real world. The creator of the Oasis, James Donovan Halliday, places an elaborate easter egg within the Oasis. In his will, Halliday reveals that whosoever finds the easter egg would inherent his billion dollar fortune and control of the Oasis. Parzival, real name Wade Watts, is a young Oasis user who embarks on an epic quest to finally find the easter egg.

Ready Player One is a large-hearted witty novel that takes cues from Ernest Cline’s geek cred and keeps you hooked from the get go. It transforms from an analysis of humanity’s dependence on technology into one of incredible detail, hilarity and tender emotion.

Parzival aka Wade Watts is a limber protagonist but the character becomes great opposite his companions, Art3mis, Samantha Cook, is so damn loveable and thrives in her lovely chapters with Parzival. This is a book brimming with smiles and laughs and heart-stopping reality.

I love that Cline crafts this incredibly detailed and endless world but isn’t afraid to inject the odd sense of imperialism and doom. Sometimes this loss and hardship falls flat but it is quickly forgotten in an inviting bed of childish jolly.

One cant gush anymore about how good Ready Player One really is. It’s certainly a page-turner, it’s certainly action-packed and it certainly has stunning human moments that tie the digital world together. Read it, listen to it, live it, because Ready Player One is a masterpiece.

Score – ★★★★★

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