Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Book 2011)

I've never read a book like this before; very unique and special. It's a story about the future and how people all log into a MMO-like world and pretty much live there. People go to school, go to work, go on adventures, get experience, buy items for their avatar, etc. It's like a world within another world, but one that most people prefer to live in vs. real life.

The kicker with the writing is that it uses many aspects of gaming from my childhood as a core component of the story. I mean do you remember this arcade game back in the 80s? I totally forgot all about it before it was mentioned in this book. They also go into many other arcade and console games and pretty much everything else gaming-related. The 80s-specific details were a total blast from the past. It was quite fun to read through the whole thing.

So yeah a loud golf clap goes out to the author. I've never read a fiction book that brought back so many good memories of my childhood. I think it would've had more of an effect if I was born in the mid 70s, but still close enough. The characters were great, stories and details were great, and I very much enjoyed the ending; totally felt like a movie/game within a book.
Rating - High