Wicked Awesome (or wicksome as I like to say).
That’s what this book is. It’s absolutely bril, and a geek dream come true. What a fantastic ride. It’s like this book was tailored specifically for me, and all the kids I grew up with.
I’m an 80s Kid, I was going through my teen years, then and it is that time that I look back on most fondly, the movies, the music, the television shows, the video games. With his first novel, Ready Player One, Ernest Cline evokes all the memories of my youth, and lets me have fun with them in an all new way.
I realize I’m a little late to this party, the book came out in 2011, but I can’t tell you how much I love it, and have raved about it to anyone who will listen.
Set in the year 2044, the world is kind of a sucky place. it’s rather rundown, and people are taking solace in a virtual creation called The OASIS. It incorporates every thing you could ever want to do, there is a Whedon-verse, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Trek, probably a Marvel and DC universes, there is geekery everywhere.
The system’s creator James Halliday has died, and somewhere within these massive worlds he’s left his coded signature… there are three keys to open three levels which lead to the ultimate prize, complete control of the stock and ownership of the OASIS. So people set out in search of this easter egg, calling themselves Gunters (egg-hunters). These are folks that specialize in knowing all about Halliday, and his endless fascination for the television, music, movies and video games that filled his favorite time of life, the 80s.
Cline’s writing is crisp and engaging, and I flew through the book in record time, it just completely wraps you up, and you smile and shake your head at what his main character, Wade Watts comes up with next. In a universe filled with World of Warcraft characters, TRaSh-80s, pac-man, lightsabers, Dungeons & Dragons, anime, Rush, and Monty Python, how can a geek not find something to love in this book?
It was like I was reliving my childhood through the book, but seeing it in a whole new way. Cline also lets genres and fictional universes cross paths like I always did when I played as a kid, and some of the sequences are just amazing (especially the way I see them in my head!).
I don’t want to give any of it away, but the book does have two wonderful bits that I just read, and said this character is totally me!
The first was his first log-on, “you have been recruited by the Star League to defend the Frontier against Xur and the Ko-dan armada.” As soon as I read that line, I knew I was going to love this book! And I do.
The second was a couple of lines that I can totally relate to… ” I watched a lot of YouTube videos of cute geeky girls playing 80s cover tunes on ukeleles. Technically this wasn’t part of my research but I had a serious cute-geeky-girls-playing-ukeleles fetish that I can neither explain nor defend.”
Yup. This book was so awesome, and it’s climax is brilliant, and was so filled with so many geekgasms! This novel is an absolute MUST for any geek, or anyone who grew up in the 80s!
I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next!