Earnest Cline has accomplished two massive feats with the release of Ready Player One, an enormously popular science fiction novel with more than a handful of top awards to its name. He filled his prized novel with hundreds of pop-culture references that makes the reading experience a hundred times more exciting, but even more amazing is the fact it’s going to be turned into a Hollywood blockbuster. It might give us a realistic look into what virtual reality will offer us in a few years time.
The story is set in 2044, and Wade Watts can’t stand the real world so spends most of his time hooked up to Oasis, the virtual world he can live in with a headset and a quiet place to hide out. The creator of Oasis tragically passes away, and once he is gone a video is released letting the world know there is a prize hidden inside the game. Not only must Wade solve near-impossible pop-culture puzzles in the race to claim the prize before anyone else, but he must face dangerous enemies out to kill him along the way.
Anyone born before the 90s will love the references to video games, movies, and songs that appear throughout the novel. They make the novel feel real, which isn’t easy to achieve when writing about a virtual world set in the future. Part of the reason why it’s easy to fall in love with the book is because of the characters involved in the story. Not only do you have the bad guys out to hurt Wade, but he also becomes friends with a group of people who will push each other towards their ultimate goal.
If Oasis was real you would never leave home, which is a bad thing because I’m sure one day it’s going to become a reality. Even if the real world doesn’t fall apart like in Ready Player One, we’ll eventually walk around in a world built on servers. You’ll fall in love with the idea of virtual reality after a few chapters, and after you’ve finished reading the last page you’ll be truly sorry it’s all over. Lets cross our fingers and hope what you read about in the novel comes around before we’re too old to enjoy it.