Book review – Ready Player One (Spoiler Free)

“I created the OASIS because I never felt at home in the real world. I didn’t know how to connect with the people there. I was afraid, for all of my life, right up until I knew it was ending. That was when I realized, as terrifying and painful as reality can be, it’s also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real.”
― Ernest ClineReady Player One

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  • Title: Ready Player One
  • Author: Ernest Cline
  • Genre: YA science fiction
  • Pages: 374
  • Publication date: August 16th, 2011
  • Publisher: Crown Publishers

Since the movie is coming out next March, I had to read the book.

The trailer for the book doesn’t give the book justice. The book takes place mostly in the OASIS, however the creator of the OASIS dies, leaving one Easter Egg to find in the server. This Easter Egg – filled with riddles – has stumped the gaming community for years until Wade Watts uncovers the first part of the riddle five years later. Players from all over get interested in the fact he found the clue – even players that want to kill him for it. Wade has to race to the end to get the Easter Egg.

This book is filled with 80s and gamer references, so if you like either of those, you’re almost guaranteed to get interested in the book. Most people do read this book for the nostalgia. It’s great at getting non-readers reading.

However, as always, there’s need for improvement. As many people have pointed out before, the characters could be developed more. Wade (Parzival) is developed to a point where you realize he has almost nothing going for him in his life. Art3mis and Aech don’t have too much development on the other hand. Aech, with his spoiler at the end, is waved off almost and not explored. The other characters have even less development.

Another flaw that could be seen is the number of references throughout the book. Even in OASIS, it’s just piles of references one after another. The whole book is more of a collaboration of other people’s ideas rather than an original one. The original idea – the concept of the torn up dumpster Earth and OASIS – could have been more developed through the story to get into how life had become there.

Overall, I like the book. This book was recommended to me by two important people in my life. I love most of the references throughout. The book feels more modern than futurist, which I enjoy. I relate to all of that. It has a good pace too, going through all the different riddles for the Easter Egg. I would (and have) recommend this book.

Score: 8.9/10

Average rating on Goodreads: 4.31/5

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4 thoughts on “Book review – Ready Player One (Spoiler Free)

  1. I liked this book too, despite its flaws. The pace was great, and I’m a sucker for “quest” stories. I agree that there should have been more character development, and although the author could have put more background into the physical surroundings, that might have detracted from the alternate reality of the Oasis. Keep up the reviews, have you read Station Eleven? Post apocalyptic fiction by a female writer.

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      1. Station Eleven is a post apocalyptic novel set in the American Great Lakes region, sometime in the future after a pandemic has killed off most of the Earth’s population. The main characters belong to a traveling troupe of artists who go from outpost to outpost performing plays and music. I loved it because although there are some pretty bleak events, the overall tone of the novel is hopeful. The author weaves together the individual narratives so skillfully that it is like listening to a symphony where all the parts come together. Lol, I guess I just wrote a whole review. Anyway, check it out: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20170404-station-eleven?ac=1&from_search=true

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