Ready Player One by Ernest Cline shows us the virtual world of OASIS where humans go to escape dystopian Earth. Unlikely hero Wade finds himself leading the deceased creator's race to inherit OASIS itself.
What I liked ✅ believable and scary villain with realistic motivations ✅ stand-out characters Aech and Og ✅ it's a fun read; nothing too meaty or dark, it is just enjoyable ✅ fantastic worldbuilding, both in establishing a virtual world and the bleak conditions of the real world
✅ Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is what Halliday is to OASIS
What I didn't like
✖ if you've never played an MMORPG or if you hate 80s pop culture you won't like this book ✖ the-writer-surrogate protagonist, Wade, was an all-too nice guy, smart, funny, great at everything, an expert hacker; Wade's "flaws" are that he's overweight, poor, and unable to get a girlfriend; his obsessive behaviour (with The Hunt and with Art3mis) are painted as positive things ✖ wait... did I just read a whole chapter where Wade had sex with a doll????
✖ large chunks of narration and exposition ✖ strangely, the most unrealistic thing about this book is that in an online world with customisable characters, you never once see an alien/furry/horse humanoid running around naked asking to be pat
Rating 3.5/5 🌟
Genre: Sci-fi Verdict: RECOMMENDED ✅ QOTD: What's your favourite video game of all-time?