With it's movie adaptation release just around the corner, now is the time to enjoy Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Caitlyn, a Library Page at our Napanee Branch, reviews this genre-bending class below.
"Part fantasy, part sci-fi, part ode to eighties pop culture, Ready Player One is the ultimate book for geeks everywhere. Wade Watts is a seventeen-year-old living in trailer park stacks in Ohio in the year 2044. The earth has been ravaged by global warming. The only solace the world can find is in the OASIS, a massive virtual reality world that only costs a quarter, created by the legendary James Halliday. Upon his death, James Halliday announces an incredible search for an Easter egg hidden inside the game, composed of three keys and three gates. Egg hunters, or “gunters” spend much of their spare time trying to find the egg, which will grant the champion Halliday’s entire fortune. When Wade, codename Parzival, finds the first key, he unleashes a fierce competition as the race for Halliday’s egg truly begins. As Wade works to figure out the next clues while dodging cunning, fierce IOI agents bent on destroying everything he holds dear, he finds friendship and trust. What started as a simple competition becomes all-out war as the plot plunges into a stunning conclusion delivered masterfully at breakneck speed."
If you’re a gamer, a reader, a dreamer, a lover, a fighter, or a human being who doesn’t know what their purpose is just yet, read this book. - Caitlyn
"Ernest Cline has a writing style that induces chills beginning in the prologue. Wade’s voice is thoughtful and thorough. The world of the OASIS is stunningly rendered. As he explains the lay of the land, the OASIS seems to be drawn across your retinas—with words, instead of the high-tech visual software used by the game. The online world of the OASIS is one that we know well – a place to lose ourselves and find ourselves. A place where friends and enemies alike hide. No matter who you are, you will find yourself in the pages of this book."
"Compared to The Matrix and Harry Potter, Ready Player One is an instant classic. With the movie being released to theatres in March this year, the best time to read the book is now. If you’re a gamer, a reader, a dreamer, a lover, a fighter, or a human being who doesn’t know what their purpose is just yet, read this book."