ready player one // review

Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
No. of pages: 372
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy
Publisher: Crown Publishers
Publication Date: August 16, 2011
Date Read: November 15, 2017


My pass phrase was also verified, along with my voice pattern, and then I was logged in. The following text appeared, superimposed in the center of my virtual display:

Identification verification successful.
Welcome to the OASIS, Parzival!
Login Completed: 07:53:21 OST-2.10.2045

As the text faded away, it was replaced by a short message, just three words long. This message had been embedded in the log-in sequence by James Halladay himself, when he’d programmed the OASIS, as a homage to the simluation’s direct ancestors, the coin-operated videogames of his youth. These three words were always the last thing an OASIS user saw before leaving the real world and entering the virtual one:


(Cline 26)


There were three main reasons that I picked up this book:

  • We talked about it last semester in my Science Fiction Lit Class.
  • I’ve heard really good things about this book.
  • They’re making a movie.

At the beginning of this book, I was pretty bored. It was all backstory, which once you get into the book, it all makes sense why the first five chapters were as detailed as they were. I really got into this book at about chapter six or seven… and then I couldn’t put it down.

This world is so intricately built, and well-planned, and well-thought out. I loved that the whole thing was based on and around well-known 80’s games and concepts. Not only could I pick them out, but there were a few that I love and knowing that Wade, Art3mis, Aech, Shoto, and Daito were getting to play these in a fictional simulation, the OASIS, I was actually really jealous that this system hasn’t been invented in some form yet.

One other thing that I loved about this book was how Wade changed. He was this loner with one friend that never really did much. He was given a horrible lot in life and for the main part of the book, it kind of seemed like he’d be stuck in that. But the main thing that changed for him was that he saw at the end how much he needed people instead of trying to do everything alone or by himself. He found friends and people that accepted him not only in the OASIS, but in reality too.

This book is full of fun, adventure, friendship, action, the 80’s, competition, and I didn’t want it to end.

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