Ready Player One … Boop Beep Boop

I was recommended this book by a friend who said she enjoyed it immensely. I had bought it over a year ago, but finally got around to reading it in February this year.

ready-player-one-book-cover

Ready Player One was suggested to me by a friend who knows the types of book that I like. I thought it was going to be a trip down the nostalgic lane, but it was so much more than that.

The book is set in the OASIS, a virtual reality system that with the right equipment can feel like the real thing, where people are searching for Halliday’s Egg, an Easter Egg that contains riches beyond belief to the person who finds it first.

The story is from the point of view of Wade Watts, an 18 year old “gunter” – Egg Hunter – obsessed with the 80s and Halliday as most people in OASIS are. He receives a wake up call when the first key is found and he learns what lengths some people will go to in order to win the competition.

Cline draws upon his own childhood and teenage years as the background and inspiration to flesh out the book. Being an avid gamer and roleplayer in the 80s, I can see all the inspiration through the games, books, films and TV programs. The detail is incredible, and at times you forget you are reading a book as you are transported in there.

It is one of the only books that when I finished it, I immediately started it again to see what I missed.

Ready Player One …………….. Amazon UK Paperback

Ready Player One …………….. Amazon UK Kindle

Ready Player One …………….. Amazon US Paperback

Ready Player One ……………..  Amazon US Kindle

16 thoughts on “Ready Player One … Boop Beep Boop

  1. Ah.. well, that explains why I didn’t care for the book. I tried..really tried to listen to it. (I had downloaded audio version on my phone) but I just couldn’t get into it. It got such great reviews and it sounds like an interesting concept. But I don’t really do any gaming or role playing so it makes sense why it didn’t speak to me. I’m glad you enjoyed the book.
    I have a friend whose hubby really likes the sci-fi stuff. Would you recommend this to someone like that?? He is old like me.. ha ha ha ha! 🙂

    • I’m old too lol. I would recommend it. If he likes Sci-Fi he may well like it. It’s an easy read as well. Not like Greg Bear, Isaac Aasimov or Arthur C Clarke.

  2. That sounds really interesting! I’m intrigued by how it combines dystopian future with 80s nostalgia and gaming: yeah, I’m pretty much the market for that. 😉

    • It’s really good. The fact that I finished it and started it again immediately. And there is a film of it coming out next year directed by Steven Spielberg.

      • I saw the movie mentioned on the Amazon page. Now I’m wondering if I should watch the movie first… but then I remember that I’m even worse about going out to the movies than I am about reading the books on my To Read shelf. 😉

        • I think reading the book first is better. From bits I have seen, there are bits included in the movie that aren’t in the book. Ernest Cline is involved in the production of the film, so he has given him the go ahead for the changes. Some things don’t port well to books. An aircraft chase, car chase, bije chase, or any kind of chase wouldn’t have the same impact in a book. Whereas you can put thigs in a book that can be much more descriptiveness.

          • I find that I almost always like the book better than the movie, in part because the book can contain so much more detail, and also so much more about what the characters are thinking and feeling. So if i read the book first, I am almost always disappointed in the movie, because it fails to capture what I loved about the book. But if I watch the movie first, I tend to find new interesting things in the book that adds to the experience. The only thing I don’t like about the movie-first pattern is that I never get to see how I would have pictured the characters and the settings from just the book, because they’re stuck in my head as however they were depicted in the movie.

            I agree that car etc. chases aren’t as exciting in books, but then, I don’t really care about car chases. They are the least interesting part of any movie to me. They’re very visual and exciting and tense, so they end up getting a lot of time in movies, but they usually don’t move the plot forward or tell us much about the characters, so I’m perfectly happy glossing over those scenes in a book.

            • Seeing the character in your head is one of the best bits. But I also like the ones who don’t describe the people. They allow you to make up your own mind about them. Other people will scream and rant if the cast is the opposite of what the character is supposed to look like. Jack Reacher for example is supposedly over 6 foot tall and is played by pint sized Tom Cruise. The character in I Am Legend is white and played by Will Smith. One character in Ready Player One is in rheir sixties, but played by Simon Pegg. The difference there is that they have both a real world character and an Avatar in the OASIS. So they can have make up slapped on to make them look older.

              I don’t tend to look at films and think “They missed that out” or “that wasn’t in the book”. Well, not all the time. I had hoped that Tom Bombadil was going to be in Lord of the Rings. I should say I don’t rant when I don’t see bits in films or bits are added.

            • I don’t care much if the movie changes the characters’ appearance, as long as it wasn’t a major issue; I care a lot more when they change the characters themselves, or skip important plot parts, or change the ending. I rarely see anything added in movies; they have so much less time to get the story across, it’s almost always cuts and combining two characters or scenes into one to save more time. Plus the director just has a different vision. And too often, they change something I thought was important.

              I suppose it’s because the book came first, so anything the movie does is a change. If I love the book, then I might be angry with the movie for changing it. But if I first love the movie, then I can also appreciate the book (with all its extra details and descriptions), but I can’t be mad at the book for being different because it came first, and I already love the movie. If that makes sense…

            • Condensing characters is a bit of a peeve for me, especially when it comes to important ones. In Twilight, they condensed some of the characters, but they were background ones. It’s when they take major characters and merge them with other major ones that annoy me.

              I remember someone a few years back watched Pride & Prejudice before reading the book, and then they complained that the book changed a couple of the characters. I couldn’t stop laughing for ages on that one.

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