Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

A river of words flowed between us.

It’s been a while since I have read a book in one sitting. RP1 glued me to my seat, and it was a wild ride! I usually don’t read much of science fiction because sometimes the books are so far from reality that my weak imagination can’t keep up with it. RP1 was exploring things beyond us but in a feasible way. It’s set in the 2040s when the internet has evolved into a space called OASIS. In OASIS, people can form any avatar and do anything as they please. Halliday is the creator of the OASIS, and he announces a quest on his deathbed. A quest to inherit his entire net worth. There are three keys to complete the Quest, and everyone on the planet is trying to crack the codes.

Some people are working full-time to crack the puzzle. And since capitalism doesn’t die in the 2040s, there are corporations that employ people whose job is to work day and night to crack the codes. It’s very amusing how many parallels you can draw from the non-OASIS world. Our protagonists are young kids who have recently graduated and are Halliday’s fans. It’s amusing to see how everyone involved goes to different ends to achieve the feats and how different their motives are.

This premise of the book sounds so simple. Yet, the writing and the elements make it very appealing. Even though it’s 20 years in the future, it’s not talking about bizarre things. Most of the things evolve from our era. Since Halliday was a 90s kid, there is a lot of reference to 80s and 90s pop culture. It made the book worthwhile to me. There are themes of friendship, sacrifice, love, and relationship, all intertwined within the main quest. A lot is happening in the book, but the writing is so brilliant that the plot doesn’t feel strangled. The plot was very well layered out.

I also watched the movie adaption of the book right after reading it. And I found it good in its own way. It’s very different from the book. Only the plot of the quest and the characters are the same. The Quest, clues, and keys are changed completely. It’s good in a way that they didn’t attempt to copy the book line by line and butcher it. Instead, it adopted the idea and created a great standalone movie.

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