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De 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 escap. Back in 2011 Ready Player One was perhaps the year s most well reviewed book It received glowing commendations from the likes of NPR The New York Times Wired John Scalzi Patrick Rothfuss and many many It maintains a 43 average score on Goodreadscom a significant accomplishment given its 20000 reviews and you d be hard pressed to find a negative review in any major publicationIn no way can I make any sense of this Please believe what I am about to write as it is not even close to hyperboleReady Player One was the most disappointing reading experience of my entire lifeIt s the year 2044 and the real world is an ugly place Like most of humanity Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets And like most of humanity Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world For somewhere inside this giant networked playground OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of puzzles that will yield a massive fortune and remarkable power to whoever can unlock them For years millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize knowing only that Halliday s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved that of the 1980s And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle Suddenly the whole world is watching and thousands of competitors join the hunt among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prizeAnd with that you ve just read the best that Ready Player One has to offer its synopsisI should preface the rest of this review by stating that I am and have always been a geek at heart I am as much a byproduct of the 1980s as anyone I ve been a lifelong gamer a pop culture obsessive and I once thought I d married for real Princess PeachReady Player One has been hailed by its author Ernest Cline as a love letter to anyone who grew up geek a sentiment that has been confirmed by every review in every publication all over the world And yet the Ready Player One that I read was less a love letter to geeks than it was a pat on the back to an 18 year old Cline a Stephanie Meyer eclipsing Mary Sue that attempts to justify the behavior of an overweight socially awkward virginal nerdI m not being mean It s literally what it isAt its core Ready Player One is a fairy tale a treasure hunt Albeit one designed by an 80s obsessed ultra nerd whose entire life was steeped in nostalgia Evidently human creativity peaked with Zork and Legend So Wade s hunt for Halladay s easter egg is one long excuse for a constant and I do mean constant barrage of 80s referencesActually scratch that It s not so much referencing as it is name dropping 95% of it serves no actual purpose aside from simply mentioning it At first the references reinforce the story helping to create a framework that grounds the reader in the world Cline has created with OASIS But after the first chapter yes the first chapter these devolve into ceaseless meaningless throwbacks The novelty lasts all of ten minutes until you realize that it s all just an annoying form of telling not showingIf the point is to re enact sections of DD modules and 80s cult classics then your readers are just getting third hand retreads of things that aren t even important to begin with It s sort of like when your socially awkward friend resolutely recounts a super sweet TV show for you word for word and all you can do is just sit there and wait until he s finished Pay 20 for that experience and you get Ready Player OneWhat makes Ready Player One so disappointing is that these references seem to the be the sole purpose of Cline s writing The novel doesn t say much of anything Sure there are a handful of introspective moments limp attempts at social commentary but they re of so little conseuence they seem thrown in to fulfill some delusion of grandeurYes reality really is better and meaningful than virtual reality We ve been told this in almost every VR based story known to man And yet that s Cline s one takeaway Oh and you should love people for who they are on the inside even if they have a birthmark on half their face Thanks ErnestWhat s confusing about the 80s obsession though is the fact that Ready Player One is at best a YA level read Cline would sit very comfortably beside the likes of Rick Riordan and Suzanne Collins Ready Player One is inelegant and shallow at the best of times and yet this novel is clearly targeted at the 30 year old and up crowd if you re any younger much of the subject material is simply too obscure This subjectreading level conflict then makes the whole mess inherently problematicAnd what s worst no I haven t even gotten to the worst part yet is how the entire thing reeks of elitism Yes you read that correctly This is a book about an overweight unattractive lazy delusional uber geek elitist who believes truly believes that his knowledge of 80s trivia makes him superior And Cline basically affirms this Some guys buy cars others put socks down their pants Cline writes 80s trivia novelsThere is a scene in chapter 3 in which Wade or Parzival as his handle goes engages in a nerdy rat a tat tat with another OASIS player to see who has knowledge of 80s pop culture It is the singularly most embarrassing thing I have ever read from a professional It s just this much above fan fiction Actually fuck that I ve actually read fan fiction entertaining than this It was absolutely ridiculousAdd to all this the fact that Cline s characters are uniformly flat Wade our narrator is blatant author wish fulfillment and his lessons are trivial at best His love interest is present only to represent Wade s true victory her heart The unknowable best friend who harbours a secret you ll never guess meaning you absolutely will And the villain a one dimensional nearly faceless corporation as uninteresting as a rival boyfriend in a John Hughes movieIf it s a great book I want to luxuriate in its greatness And if it s crap I want it to magically transform itself into genius This book just stayed crap Amy a reviewer on comReady Player One exists solely to glorify hollow pop culture from the 1980s and yet Ernest Cline does absolutely nothing to convince the reader that the 80s were cool if heshe didn t think so already The plot is overly simplistic and plods along with inevitability making The Da Vinci Code read like a Pulitzer Prize winner Cline s hero Wade is the trivia euivalent of Superman where he is so overpowered his uest becomes tedious rather than uplifting And at the end of the day Wade is just an arrogant elitist prick He describes his abject poverty and lack of real world opportunities as like being in the world s greatest video arcade with no uarters Seriously fuck you WadeEvery time I think about this book I want to make my rating lower It started as a 2 then dropped to a 15 and by the end of this review I feel I have no choice but to give it a 1 I hated this book with every fibre of my being and it escapes the dreaded 0 only because Cline managed to form actual sentencesNever again will I read Ernest Cline You can count on that

Review Ready Player One

E 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 Wa. That one star is probably misleadingI thought this was going to be a 4 5 star book for a good portion of the time I spent reading it The 80s pop culture references are so pervasive and so relevant to my life that at times the book felt like it been written specifically for me The love interest is described as being like Jordan from Real Geniusc monButAll of the Star Wars Ferris Bueller and Highlander references in the world can t hide that this story is at best empty and at worst ugly Rote plotting un earned dickensian coincidences clumsy deus ex machina I still don t know how to pluralize that term the worst kind of tokenism disguised as actually valuing diversity a profound neglect of the complexities of the realvirtual world dichotomyCline has adopted some of the style of Gibson and Stephenson but none of the substanceIn a nice manifestation of the novel s lack of self awareness Cline at one point derides the villains of the book for simply using Johnny 5 style robots from Short Circuit instead coming up with their own design This appropriation he explaines demonstrates a lack of imagination a valid criticism that only too accurately applies to the ostensible heroes of the book as well as to Cline himselfUpdate The plural of deus ex machina is dei ex machinis Thanks The Awl

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Librarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found hereIN 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 lif. This book is a geek fantasy A nerd utopia Speaking as a formerly addicted World of Warcraft player among others I loved itI believe you can tell the author s passion from what he s written and it is clear from this book that Ernest Cline is a fellow gamer and geek I salute him His ardor for games is so clearly felt within this book A fellow fangirlfanboy can sniff out a fake one like a dead fish within a Bath and Body Works ok that may be a bad example but you catch my drift Ernest Cline is a real deal fanboy I salute you sirThis book is for fanboys and fangirls There are those who don t like it There are those who feel that there are needless references inserted solely for a wink and a nudge from the author to the reader To those people I say SO WHAT I welcomed those references It makes me feel good because I know what they are Is there something wrong with feeling good and getting an innocent giggle out of understanding a reference GSS had also licensed preexisting virtual worlds from their competitors so content that had already been created for games like Everuest and World of Warcraft was ported over to the OASIS and copies of Norrath and Azeroth were added to the growing catalog of OASIS planets Other virtual worlds soon followed suit from the Metaverse to the Matrix The Firefly universe was anchored in a sector adjacent to the Star Wars galaxy with a detailed re creation of the Star Trek universe in the sector adjacent to that IN ONE PARAGRAPH HE REFERENCED SO MANY THINGS THAT I LOVE How could I hate the references I have a soul I get excited okSo here s what I liked about this book1 I liked the main character2 I liked the future world3 I liked the realistic feeling of an online gaming sceneWade is a good kid He s had a rough life He s depressed but he never reaches martyr status The year after my mom died I spent a lot of time wallowing in self pity and despair I tried to look on the bright side to remind myself that orphaned or not I was still better off than most of the kids in Africa And Asia And North America too I d always had a roof over my head and than enough food to eat And I had the OASIS My life wasn t so bad At least that s what I kept telling myself in a vain attempt to stave off the epic loneliness I now felt He s nothing special He s an overweight and simultaneously malnourished kid He doesn t do too well in school He could be any of my friends who have played gamesHe is a nice kid He doesn t blame people for circumstances that are beyond their control It would have been the easiest thing to hate his mom for being drug addicted yet he doesn t I never blamed my mom for the way things were She was a victim of fate and cruel circumstance like everyone else Her generation had it the hardest She d been born into a world of plenty then had to watch it all slowly vanish It s a shitty world People have to survive the best way they know how sometimes those ways are self destructiveA lot of the problems with dystopian fiction is that they re too drastic Barely 100 years into the future the world has created a new society etc The world in this book is set in 2044 and admittedly it is pretty grim but I still found it believableThere s been an energy crisis there s global warming civilization is decline but not completely in the shithole yet Life is crappy I ve always thought that life would be awful for my grandchildren and this book pretty much tells it how I believe it could be And god help us if Trump is elected presidentI also love Cline s explanation of the way online gaming works down to its community He clearly knows his shit from user names to avatars There are some funny tidbits Students weren t allowed to use their avatar names while they were at school This was to prevent teachers from having to say ridiculous things like PimpGrease please pay attention or BigWang69 would you stand up and give us your book report But really it s the nostalgia of my gaming days that clinches this book for me The online camaraderie The late nights gaming together the bonding that takes place over Ventrilo after defeating a difficult challenge I got to know many friends whom I wouldn t ordinary have talked to in the real world It s a bonding experience that is as much a part of the game as the game itself Often it s community that truly makes the experience memorable And yes the online romances This book portrays all of that and so what if it banks on my nostalgia I ll take itGranted it is overly long and too detailed at times It does lack complexity and would be of a middle grade book if not for its length and content but overall it was a solidly good book


About the Author: Ernest Cline

ERNEST CLINE is a novelist screenwriter father and full time geek His first novel Ready Player One was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller appeared on numerous “best of the year” lists and is set to be adapted into a motion picture by Warner Bros and director Steven Spielberg His second novel ARMADA debuted at #4 on the NYT Bestseller list and is being made into a film by Univers



10 thoughts on “Ready Player One

  1. says:

    I originally gave this book 3 stars as harmless lightweight fun but my opinion of it declined as time went by Then after reading Armada I fully realized what a talentless one trick hack that Cline really is so I changed this rating Plus his outraged hardcore fans kept coming on here and telling me that I missed the point since I didn't giv

  2. says:

    This book is a geek fantasy A nerd utopia Speaking as a formerly addicted World of Warcraft player among others I loved itI believe you can tell the author's passion from what he's written and it is clear from thi

  3. says:

    For most of the first half of this book I was unimpressed The writing was flat and the story was unremarkable The book gets hype becau

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    ETA At the risk of getting this attention by editing it I'm no longer responding to comments made on this revie

  5. says:

    I got to read an ARC of this and it appealed to every geeky part of me I'll probably write a blog about it later but for now a brief review Simply said? This book was fucking awesome

  6. says:

    That one star is probably misleadingI thought this was going to be a 4 5 star book for a good portion of the time I spent reading it The 80s pop culture references are so pervasive and so relevant to my life that at times the book felt like it been written specifically for me The love interest is described as being like Jordan from Real Geniusc'monButAll of the Star Wars Ferris Bueller and Highlander references in the world can't hide th

  7. says:

    Back in 2011 Ready Player One was perhaps the year's most well reviewed book It received glowing commendations from the likes of NPR The New York Times Wired John Scalzi Patrick Rothfuss and many many It maintains a 43 av

  8. says:

    WARNING UNPOPULAR OPINION BECAUSE I DIDN'T FUCKING LIKE READY PLAYER ONEanyone I saw writing a negative review for this got like abused in the

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  10. says:

    This book is nostalgia porn If you grew up in the 80s enjoy video games or go crazy for popular culture you will d

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