Ready Reader? 09/10/2011
Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
384 pages
science-fiction? dystopian lit? general fiction? ...not sure...

***Recommended Reading

In the future, human connections are maintained primarily through interacting in an incredibly extensive virtual world created by a brilliant developer and lover of 1980s geekery. Our hero is Wade/Parzival, a high school student who has had a particularly difficult life and relishes the escape of OASIS for conducting his day-to-day activities. When the creator of OASIS dies, the mother of all treasure hunts is revealed to the world: hidden within the depths of the OASIS platform is a multi-billion dollar reward to the man or woman able to unlock the clues and succeed in the battles that arise for the competitors ("gunters" - egg hunters, as in "Easter egg") during their quest. Also battling for this money are the employees (called "sixers") of a huge corporation, kept as indentured servants, paid to search for the egg. Sounds like corporate America. Obviously these guys are the enemy.

First let me say that Ready Player One is completely unlike anything I have ever read. While reading it, I knew I was reading the words of a book that is going to receive a lot of attention upon its release. The number of references to the history of video game development and music and movies of the 1980s is remarkable and it is extremely apparent that the author worked very hard to create a great story from his obvious love for the decade. Don't worry - he in fact, wrote a GREAT story. One this non-gamer, 30 year-old female could get on board with. It will probably be going on my top ten of 2011 list at the end of the year.

So, the entire time I was reading I kept thinking about the probability of the book being optioned for a movie, and sure enough, I learned shortly after finishing that it has. I will be very curious to see how this evolves into a feature film. Will it work?



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