Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is a Willy Wonka-esque story set in 2044. The creator of the OASIS, a virtual reality online gaming system, has recently died and left clues as to the whereabouts of a mysteriously hidden Easter egg that, if found, provides that individual with ultimate power in the gaming world, and an enormous fortune in the real world. The story follows the hunt as a few individuals successfully discover the first clue, and battle against an evil corporation, IOI, to find the egg.
What I really loved about this book was the adventure and how much fun it was to read! I never knew what was coming next, and each task was more epic than the last. At times, the threat of IOI came into the real world and we were confronted with just how high the stakes were.
The book is absolutely full of eighties pop culture references and that was so much fun to read about. I understood some, but others would’ve gone right over my head, but Cline does a good job of explaining the references without feeling patronising.
I highly recommend reading this book. It’s a quick read and a lot of fun. A solid five star book for enjoyment level.