Peter Reads: Ready Player One

August 19, 2015

This book was great! It was fun. A good summer read.

Definitely a book for geeks, or people with an affinity for video games from the 80s and 90s – even today!

 

The plot, summarized: A game developer who built a virtual reality MMORPG (Massive(ly) Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) has died, and he left his vast fortune as an easter egg (something hidden within the game) for players to find. Whoever finds the egg first inherits the developer’s fortune!

It was interesting to see a main character that wasn’t perfect; our protagonist makes mistakes, and even does some pretty questionable acts throughout the book. Certainly not as bad as, say, Walter White, but still nothing rosey either.

The book’s writing isn’t anything special, in fact it’s thoroughly average, which I think was the charm; it really put you into the world being lived and told by the main character. You really believed it.

The author, Ernest Cline, wrote for the movie Fanboys, which was a great Star Wars themed movie!

What made the book fun for me was the fact that I was in on all the jokes, having been (And still am!) a massive nerd. I’ve played many of the games mentioned in the book and all the 70s and 80s music references were AWESOME.

The best part? Wil Wheaton narrates the audiobook and his narration style fit PERFECTLY with the style of the book. I wouldn’t get Wil to narrate, say, Oryx & Crake, or Dickens, but he was so good here!

I’ll also add that this movie is being made into a movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, due in 2017. Cline is writing the screenplay. From Nerdst: Cline and Eric Eason wrote initial drafts with Penn taking over.

Check it out if you want a light read that is easy to pick up and put down. I think I’ll add this to my shelf.

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