Ready Player One: A Novel
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Received as a Christmas present.
In the year 2044, 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.
But 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.
Journal Entry 2
Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, July 03, 2014
It's 2044 and the world is a mess. Oil prices are so high no one can afford to run cars, world politics are in shambles, and all citizens are using an online utopia OASIS like a drug to escape. When the creator of OASIS dies, his will is broadcast to every user and he tells all that there are three keys hidden in the online world that those worthy can find. Once the finder has all three keys and passes three gates, they will receive the creator's inheritance, which is in the multi-billions of dollars. Not surprisingly, many people set off to try and hunt these easter eggs, including one Wade Watts, a teenage boy who lives in the stacks with his aunt. There's also a large corporation hunting the eggs and everyone knows that if they find them, they will take over OASIS and change it forever. This hunt isn't as easy as it seems though, with many different worlds to work through, it's hard to pin point where exactly these eggs could be. Over five years go by until Wade, avatar Parzival, finds one. Then the hunt is really on.
This book focuses on many elements from the 80s, supposedly the favourite decade of the OASIS creator, to help tell the story. I didn't understand all of the references and knew very few of the video games that were being mentioned. Despite this, it didn't take away much from the story for me.
Really, this book was just pure entertainment. I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know if Wade was going to get to all of the keys and gates and where they were. Sure, there are tones in the book about how we should prefer reality over virtual reality and shouldn't waste our resources but nothing really tops how exciting this book was. The geeky element added some flair for me, having a background in computers, which probably tipped me more towards liking the premise of the book than the average person.
I think the only thing I could fault this book for was re-using challenges from previous eggs/gates for the next one. I expected each to be different which would make it more challenging and was a little disappointed when there was some repetition.
Journal Entry 3
Harbord House Pub in Toronto, Ontario Canada on Sunday, June 05, 2016
Released 2 yrs ago (6/5/2016 UTC) at Harbord House Pub in Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Journal Entry 4
Toronto, Ontario Canada on Sunday, June 05, 2016
Picked this up at today's gathering at Harbord House. It comes highly recommended.
Journal Entry 5
Toronto, Ontario Canada on Monday, October 31, 2016
I read this in August, while on vacation in Mexico. It surprised me how much I got into it. There are so many geeky references throughout, especially for those of us who were alive in the 1980s. It's a fun adventure story with some subtle social commentary.
I read that Steven Spielberg is making it into a movie. It will be interesting to see how it turns out on the big screen.
I have since passed the book on to my boyfriend.
Journal Entry 6
Harbord House Pub in Toronto, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Released 2 yrs ago (5/7/2017 UTC) at Harbord House Pub in Toronto, Ontario Canada
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Left on the community bookshelf in the pub.