Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Now this is a cracking modern science fiction book if ever I’ve read one. Its also a great nod to computer games of old which if you’ve ever played with  any of them will have you wanting to jump in to the book and have your own adventure.

The book is set in 2044 with the world being close to destruction after a massive world recession, economies are ruined and resources are running out. The only thing people have in this world is OASIS which was born out of the internet and gaming consoles. OASIS is a massive multiplayer online simulation game created by James Halliday and Ogden Morrow. When Halliday dies who has no heirs he leaves a video will online. The video states that whoever can collect three keys that are hidden in the OASIS universe and pass the necessary  tasks will receive his fortune and the controlling share in the OASIS universe that he created. The hunt is on with individuals and corporations alike trying to complete the tasks set forward but who will win and get control of OASIS.

This book smears it self in 1980’s pop culture which if you grew up in that decade will have you enthralled and even if not will get you turning page after page. In 2010 Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film and 1n 2012, the book received an Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association division of the American Library Association and won the 2012 Prometheus Award. Accolades which i think this book rightly deserves, witty, fun, fast paced and easy to read. A great little romp and if you were around in the 80’s definitely worth a read and if not give it a go as i’m sure you’ll like it too.

8/10

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