Imagine a world where going to Middle Earth and spending the day with Hobbits was normal. What if, while at school if you are learning about the Great Wall of China, you could actually visit that place all while you are safe in the comfort of your own home. Imagine if you could have two lives, one that’s in the real world, and one that’s in a virtual alternate world where the possibilities are endless. Imagine living in a game.
Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Publisher: Broadway Books
Purchased at: Book Depository
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One” is an imaginative dystopian novel that centers around a tech genius named Halliday who creates an alternate world called the OASIS which uses virtual reality as a means for people to escape and lead another life. Upon his death, a video is sent to every user of the OASIS explaining that his entire fortune will be left to anyone who can find the hidden Easter Egg that is somewhere in the vast world… and so the story begins.
What I love most about dystopian novels is being able to explore the author’s critique on human behavior, world issues, and economics. Cline creates a wondrous yet chilling world, which is most likely influenced by today’s dependence on technology and the gradual pull away from face to face social contact and towards social media as a way to cope, escape, and express oneself. Apart from the obvious critique on social behavior in context to contact and social media, the theme of family, coming of age, friendship, and identity is also explored.
I found the characters to be intriguing and realistic. The world building is carefully executed. I think any book nerd, movie nerd, or gamer would appreciate the nostalgia this story brings, as the players come face-to-face with different characters from various movies and video games.
I am excited to watch the upcoming film based on the book, however, I am nervous that it will not live up to the incredible magnitude of the world. There were some parts of the books where I thought, “how in the world are they going to adapt this to the silver screen?”
Overall, Ready Player One is a beautifully crafted story with a meaningful truth of our rapidly changing social norms and the extinction of social contact.
Ready Player One comes out in theater March 30, 2018!