I first came across Ready Player One when I was studying my undergraduate degree. I received it in a Lootcrate subscription box, didn’t read it for a year and boy was that a mistake!
When I finally picked it up, I was hooked. Immersed in nerd culture, I couldn’t stop reading and to this day it is one of my favourite books.
When I started this blog, I felt as though it would be unfair to review a book that I am so incredibly obsessed and bias about. So instead, I asked the author of The Mechromancer to read it for the first time. Welcome Harsimar!
Hello there people! I’m Harsimar and I’m gonna talk about Ready Player One which is one of Charlie’s favourite books. Actually, now that I’ve read it, it’s one of my favourites too!
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
-Taken from Goodreads
I had not heard of Ready Player One until the first teaser for the movie came out. When I saw the trailer, man I was impressed. An orchestral version of ‘Pure Imagination’ in a trailer of a movie about gaming with a DeLorean in it? Of course, I’m on board! Moreover, I learnt that it was based off a book which was even better since the movie wasn’t coming out until a few months and it was getting impossibly harder to wait after seeing such an epic teaser-trailer!
Luckily, Charlie told me about this book and how it was a favourite of hers, so now, I had two reasons to read it and that’s pretty much why I picked it up as soon as I could because I’m like a professional procrastinator now. If it wasn’t for this guest post, I probably would have kept off reading it. So thank you, Charlie for that!
It took some time but when I finished reading the book, I was going through mixed emotions. I was so happy that I had read such a wonderful book but sad at the same time that it was finished and there were no more sequels ahead. But I had the movie to look forward to, so it was more of a happy feeling. I should probably start talking about the book now.
Ready Player One is AMAZING! The story is so great and written extremely well. For most of the time, it felt like I was reading a book adaptation of a video game. It’s unlike any book that I’ve read before. And oh my God, the references were incredible! Every time a favourite book or game or movie of mine was referenced, I felt a bomb of joy go off in me. I only understood like half of the references but it was so good to see someone talking about Star Wars or PacMan, I can’t even tell you.
Though it was a bit annoying when I did not get a reference. So, if you’re a person who’s not fond of 80’s stuff or gaming in general, you might find it irritating. But if you’re someone who likes gaming or 80s pop culture, you’ll practically worship this book like I did (still doing).
Just in case you don’t read but are still interested in this story, thankfully there’s the movie for you. The movie adaptation of Ready Player One is also pretty good in my opinion. Not better than the book but considerably good. The movie is quite different from the book though. The basic premise is same but the challenges are somewhat different.
There’s a particular Blade Runner reference which is in the book but skipped in the film. That sort of broke my heart since I’m a huge Blade Runner fan and I was waiting for that scene to happen. But the Mortal Kombat references made me smile more so I feel compensated!
There’s a race scene in the first act of the film which is not in the book, but for me that was the best part of the film (along with the final battle, of course). That sequence reminded me of the race in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over which is one movie that I grew up with.
I can’t really talk too much about the book without getting into spoilers but I can assure you, it’s worth every second of your time. The references are really satisfying, the characters are relatable and it totally feels like you’re reading a video game. Ready Player One is just the kind of book that you can keep re-reading regularly. If you haven’t read it yet, you’re missing out on something truly fantastic.
Thank you for reading! And thank you, Charlie for making me read this before the movie came out and for making this guest post happen. You’re amazing!
Being human totally sucks most of the time. Videogames are the only thing that make life bearable.
-Anorak’s Almanac, Chapter 91, Verses 1-2