Author: Ernest Cline
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Nerdtastic they said, and they were right! (That almost never happens). I’m not as obsessed with the 80s as everyone else in this novel, especially since I wasn’t really around for that decade (of course, neither were any of these characters). And I don’t geek out over vintage video games, though I have played me some Pac-man and Galaga on classic machines.
The good news is you don’t have to be an uber nerd to like Ready Player One, although it certainly wouldn’t hurt. If you are a casual nerd like myself you will enjoy the references to Whedonverse and other current nerd cult classics (the reenactment of Monty Python and the Holy Grail had me giddy with nerdiness). A vast majority of the references to obscure 80s video games will likely fly right over your head, but I think Ready Player One will still be enjoyable for you.
You will find yourself rooting for Wade (and, in a few instances, almost rooting against him for a bit when he gets a little too self involved in his own problems). He’s got character depth, and not just a backstory for his avatar. It’s a classic underdog story, with Wade trying to win the inheritance of the recently dead eccentric billionaire who co-created the OASIS. Wade is up against the evil megacorporation who wants to win to turn the OASIS platform into a money making cash cow (social commentary, anyone?). The evil corp has an abundant amount of resources with money to buy whatever they want in the digital world of OASIS where they are searching for the hidden Easter egg. Wade lives in a stack of mobile homes in one of the poor suburbs of the big city in a distraught futuristic civilization.
Root for Wade! Root for his ragtag band of friends who is trying to beat him to the Easter egg to win. Root for everything in Ready Player One.