Review: Ready Player One

This book is essentially a masturbatory dream for those of us who grew up in the 80s, love classic video games, cartoons, Kaiju films and anything else you can geek out on. It's essentially the equivalent of a new breed of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory (Gene Wilder version, mind you).

The story takes place in the near-ish future where the world is dilapidated at best. There is an online system that spans the globe called the Oasis, which is essentially a gigantic MMO that has essentially taken over as the general means to interact within society (think Summer Wars). The whole MMO turns into a giant treasure hunt when the original creator of the Oasis dies, revealing that whoever finds the Easter Egg will be granted majority holdings in the company that created Oasis as well as $220 billion. That's where our intrepid hero steps in, Wade Watts, solo Gunter, hunter of the egg.

The story is filled with so much teen angst, classism, 80s trivia, retro video games, imaginative worlds and every little piece of the spectrum that it's hard to place what I loved and hated about it. Overall the story is decent. There aren't really any twists and turns that make you drop to your knees in utter bewilderment or anything, but that's okay. I enjoyed the pacing and relatively straight-forward, albeit a little predictable, storyline. In the end, I enjoyed myself, which is the most important part.

If you're like me and like the Willy Wonka Golden Ticket type premise with references to all that retro nerd stuff, then you'll thoroughly like this book.

Go Buy It, Damnit: Ready Player One