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Ready Player One

By Ernest Kline


372 pages

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline What’s it about? It is 2044 and teenager Wade Watts is alone and abandoned, unless he is logged onto OASIS.  OASIS is a virtual world where Wade has a best friend and an escape from the harsh realities of the actual world in 2044.  Inside OASIS a game is being played with one winner who will come away with unimaginable wealth.  This novel explores Wade’s journey through the game. What did it make me think about? The whole game revolves around 1980’s pop culture.  It brought back memories! Should I read it? This is a most unusual novel.  While I did enjoy it- I would not recommend it for most readers.  The author seems consumed with anything 80’s, and although I enjoyed the nostalgia, it was a bit over the top.  The actual plot often took a backseat to this 80’s obsession.  However I did end up enjoying it more than I thought I would…  I guess their is a movie in the works. Quote- “Luckily, I had access to OASIS, which was like having escape hatch into a better reality. The OASIS kept me sane. It was my playground and my preschool, a magical place for anything was possible.”

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