TTP Review of READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline

I have been writing and publishing Turn the Page book reviews for a few years now. I have nearly 150 to my credit and a good ninety percent of them fit into one of two categories: mysteries or thrillers. Those are the sorts of books I write so my reading is mostly limited to those genres. That’s not to say I won’t venture beyond that. I will, on occasion, read historical fiction, non-fiction, horror, fantasy, and with some coaxing, even science fiction. So, when it was suggested I give Ready Player One by Ernest Cline a try, I didn’t even hesitate. Okay, fine. I did hesitate a little bit. I downloaded the book and it sat on my cyber shelf for a good six months before I finally cracked the virtual cover. And now I wonder why I waited so long.

The year is 2045 and the world has seen better times. There are shortages of fuel, food, water, suitable living space, and only the wealthy have much more than the most basic necessities of life. A growing number of people choose to take refuge in OASIS, a revolutionary virtual world that, in many regards, is far better than the real thing. The eccentric OASIS creator has died, leaving his vast fortune to the first person who can find the Easter egg he’s left behind. Clues are few; and as the hunt continues, one powerful group proves they not only have their eyes on the prize but will stop at nothing in order to get it.



ernest-clineAuthor Ernest Cline has called Ready Player One the geekiest book ever written. It’s full of video games, avatars, role playing, and a whole lot of 80’s pop culture. If you still have fond memories of Atari, Colecovision, the Commodore 64, Family Ties, Square Pegs, The Breakfast Club, War Games, MTv, Billy Idol and the B-52’s, this is the book for you. In fact, if I didn’t know ahead of time that the book would deliver such a heavy dose of nostalgia, I probably wouldn’t have bothered with it. I already told you I’m not real into sci-fi, and the real futuristic stuff really isn’t my thing. That said I enjoyed the book thoroughly. Is the storyline believable? Not even a little bit. It is, however, creative, engaging, intriguing, suspenseful, witty and just plain fun. Drop a quarter in the slot and give it a try.       


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