Ernest Cline, you 80’s pop culture loving genius bastard! Ready Player One is positively the best book I’ve read in yonks. As a music loving, strategy gaming junkie this book was right up my metaphorical alley!
From the back cover:
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.
But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
Essentially 14 hours of pop culture-spewing epicness. The audiobook is read by Whil Weaton! WHIL WEATON PEOPLE! Big plus for me, hearing Whil read a novel which which features himself.
There aren’t any serious plot holes, and the ending is expertly rounded off.
I give it a 9.9/10. Best rating I’ve given any book since I first read Magician by R.E.Feist
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