Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): IN 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 life 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 Wade 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 escape.

I have given Ready Player One by Ernest Cline five out five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I thought this book was a phenomenal masterpiece. I felt instantly drawn into the creative world that Cline had built soon after reading the first couple of chapters.

The 80s video game and movie references planted throughout this novel were absolutely brilliant! I can’t say I’ve ever read a book like this one before. I really enjoyed Ernest Cline’s writing throughout this book, he really knows how to immerse his audience into a different world and a lot of the time I find it difficult to imagine the imagery sometimes but that didn’t happen with this book. Besides having watched the film prior to reading this book, I felt as though I could imagine everything this book was throwing my way. Thinking of the movie adaptation, the book and the movie run along the same lines however, the book goes into far more detail (which is to be expected) and it feels more worldwide than the movie which I really enjoyed.

Our main character, Wade (otherwise known as Parzival in the OASIS) was a very brave and strong character who I connected to. Parzival and Aech’s friendship was definitely one of my highlights of this book, their wit and banter really came through the pages and I absolutely adored reading about their scenes together. Other side characters such as, Art3mis and Shoto were also really interesting and I liked how the author brought them into the story.

One of my favourite parts of this book was when Monty Python: The Holy Grail gets mentioned and becomes an important part of this book. That film is one of my favourites and it made me chuckle whilst the scenes unfolded in this book.

This unique dystopian novel was definitely a breath of fresh air which I absolutely adored and cannot wait to read the second instalment, Ready Player Two. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves being transported into a different world and who loves video games and adventure.

Have you read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

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