Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is every nerd’s dream. It follows teenage Wade Watts, who lives in poverty-ridden 2044. An energy crisis has taken the entire world by storm, and people are finding peace in the virtual utopia known as OASIS. OASIS’s creator, James Halliday, has recently died and left his billion dollar fortune to whoever can solve the elaborately hidden puzzles he planted in OASIS, puzzles that can be only be solved by understanding Halliday’s obscure obsessions with the 80’s. Five years have passed, and no one has solved the first part of the puzzle. That is, until, Wade Watts stumbles across it.
Ready Player One is one of the best books I have ever read. It’s engaging, funny, and nothing like ever read before. Wade Watts is witty and constantly references 80’s culture. Seriously, everything from Star Wars to Monty Python. And it’s not just the main character that makes the book unforgettable. The storyline is interesting and always keeps you in suspense. I found myself unable to put the book down until I finished it.
I would recommend this book to anyone above the age of 12, and especially to older people who will understand all the 80’s references.