Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Reviewed By: A.T.
Set in the year 2044, we follow the life of teenager Wade Watts. Wade, like everyone else in the future, is pretty much always plugged in to the OASIS, a virtual reality utopia where you can learn, explore, work, play, and pretty much do anything else you could ever think of. So why is everyone plugged in?? What happened to regular old reality? Well, the planet is in tatters, there are not enough resources, jobs, or anything else for that matter, to go around, and the OASIS is the best escape ever! The creator of the OASIS, James Halliday, a child of the 1980s, loves games, hence his world wide virtual reality game. So what better way to celebrate his life, and determine who will take over his company (the biggest and most powerful in the world!) and all of his riches with it, than with a video game treasure hunt for three hidden easter eggs! On the day that he dies, Halliday leaves a video message for the world with instructions, rules, and the first clue to his virtual hunt. Wade, like many other egg hunters, or Gunters as they call themselves, is in it to win it! But it's been five years since Halliday has died and no one has gotten any closer to finding the eggs! Will Wade and his Gunter buddies be able to decipher the clues? Or will the evil corporation, Innovative Online Industries, be able to use their power and resources (i.e cheat!) to side step the spirit of the game and win it all? Read the book to find out!
Why I Picked it Up: This is one of the adult crossover books on the Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee list for 2014. An adult crossover title is a book that was originally written for adults, but it has a lot of YA appeal, and I think that is exactly what you have here.
Why I Finished It: Since I am perpetually expecting a twist at the end, and I don't expect it to be a twist in the main characters favor, I needed to know exactly how this ended.
I’d Give this Book To: Anyone who likes video games, or a little 80s pop culture reference mixed in with your sci-fi!
**Librarian Side Note** Another fantastic Abe Nominee book! I highly recommend giving this book a chance, especially in audio book! The reader is Wil Wheaton, and if you don't know who he is, check out IMDB! His first rise to fame was in the movie Stand By Me, but he is most well know for playing Wesley Crusher on TVs Star Trek from 1987-1994, so weirdly enough, he is actually mentioned in the book, because he was a big part of 1980s pop culture!