Review: Ready Player One


Ready Player One
By Ernest Cline

Source: Library, paperback,
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian, 

Goodreads Synopsis:

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We're out of oil. We've wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS - and his massive fortune - will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle.

Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions - and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.

My review:

There was so much hype around this book, so I was expecting it to be amazing. I really love dystopian and science fiction, it was perfect for me. I did expect the world building to be a little slow, so it didn’t come as a surprise, but I didn’t find it boring at all. There’s so much hype around this book so I knew I just had to read it.

The concept was really cool. Although the idea about the human race failing to technology was not the most original, the spin that this book put on it made it so much more original. It was very predictable, but I didn’t mind because I wanted to find out how the characters got to that ending.

The book was filled with geeky ‘80s references that I didn’t get all the time, so they mostly blew over my head. I think this means that although most people class this book as Young Adult, I’d definitely recommend for all ages, especially adults. It wasn’t crucial to the plot, but I know that if I was older I would have gotten more out of the book, because I know they would have been right up my street.

Although the book was slow in some parts, there was lots of action. Every time I was about to get a little bored, a fast-paced fight scene appeared and I was instantly hooked again. The writing style was very addictive so it was relentlessly readable.

The way that the book is set in the future, yet gives a message about today’s society was truly haunting. I know this book won’t be for everyone, but I definitely really enjoyed it. Also, I believe it’s being made into a film, and I think it will work really well, so I’m really looking forward to that!


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  1. Your review was brief, but you were able to explain & justify your rating for this book. That is wonderful, Denise! I'd like to try this one maybe soon. :D

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    1. Thank-you! I really enjoyed this book it's very hard to say much without giving stuff away, so I kept it brief for people who haven't read it yet. Thanks for commenting - I'll be sure to enter your giveaway ♥

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