You should pick this up if you haven’t read this yet. Although, I’ve have to warn you, it has a very long descriptive narrative about 80s pop culture and so many nerdy videogame references you’ll roll your eyes wondering if all those are needed. If that’s going to bother you, then just go watch the movie. It’ll save you time than spending 48 hours of reading geek.
I was a social gamer, occasional hard-core MMORPG geek a few years back, I only stopped playing when I got pregnant and had my daughter two years ago. Imagine my joy while reading this novel, hah, it was a trip down memory lane! Not the 80s stuff because I was lost on some of that time’s pop culture. What had me hooked was the technology, first hand gaming experience and the MMORPG world Cline created. I don’t know if he plays in real life, if not then for someone who isn’t a hardcore player, he did realistically described how a gamer dedicates his life and his time on a certain game. Believe me, I know.
I was initially thinking of rating this 4 – 4.5 stars because Cline immersed us so much in the OASIS world that the real world seems to pale in comparison, which at that time, it does. It would have been more balanced to read and get to know what the real world is outside OASIS. He did give a brief description of what it was like outside, a picture of how the world became in 50 years since OASIS was released, but it fell short. I still have many unanswered questions of how and why the earth reached that point.
What I find nice in RPO is that, their technology is not far from being a reality so as their present predicament with global issues—politically, economically, environmentally and socially. It gave us a glimpse of how the world could be in the near future if humans will not think of the repercussions of their actions today. As nice as RPO’s world is, it’s a scary place with only a privileged few who could say that life at that time is worth it.
I won’t dwell at what didn’t work in Cline’s novel. I decided to look past the flaws because he is a good storyteller despite his tendency to infodump so many geeky terms and 80s icons that had me lost 80% of the time. If you want a fast paced, enjoyable read, with nerdy stuff, and if you want to fill that geekydom void, this one is a good read.
Catch Ready Player One in cinemas nationwide today.
– wl, a.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Dystopia, Science Fiction
Kindle Edition, Book # 5 of 2018