Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I had never heard of Ready Player One until the movie came out but once I knew, I wanted to read it. Unfortunately, because of the movie, I had been unable to get it out of the library and inevitably ended up watching the movie before reading the book. I LOVED everything about it. Then I heard the movie had changed a lot of things from the books. For example, the challenges. Well that set me on my quest yet again to check it out of the library. It finally happened in April.

Ready Player OneI am glad that I finally got a chance to read this. Right from the first page, I was engrossed into this virtual reality world filled with adventure, danger and of course the Halliday contest.

Halliday is the creator of the Oasis, a virtual world that nearly everybody lives in to escape the troubles of reality. When Halliday dies, it is revealed that he has set up a contest, the winner of which will get Halliday’s estate. It’s been several years and the hype for the contest is dying down since no one has even made it past the first part of it. Then Wade Watts, aka Parsival in the O, obtains the first key, which revives the contest. However, he must collect the two other keys and solve the puzzles before everyone else does to find Halliday’s Easter Egg and save the O from the corporate hacks who want to exploit it.

Having saw the movie, I generally knew the plot but I was surprised by how different it was, in terms of the individual challenges the characters had to go through as well as the ending. Yet, it didn’t ruin the story for me. Rather, it made me feel like I had two really good versions of the same story. I totally understood why Spielberg changed the parts that he did, because honestly I don’t think people, unless they are serious gaming nerds, would have known what half the challenges were. As I was reading the book, I was relaying the different challenges to my fiancé, who is a big gamer, and he was explaining to me what they were. Honestly, I had no clue.

This is definitely a nostalgia story for anyone who is a gamer or who grew up in the 80s or early 90s. It was highly enjoyable and a quick, easy read.


Have you read this book? What books about virtual reality/gaming did you enjoy? Let’s discuss!

5 thoughts on “Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

  1. […] I finally managed to check out Ready Player One from the library, now that the hype from the movie is over. I really wanted to read it because I heard the book was better (always is) and there were a lot of things they changed. While that turned out to be true and the book was in some ways better, it didn’t ruin the movie for me. It almost felt like I got two stories in one. You can read more about my thoughts on the book here. […]

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  2. […] I only read this book last year and I loved it. Given the progress we have made in technology, it isn’t really hard to imagine a world where people are immersed in an alternate reality game day in and day out to escape the hardships of the real world. The book focuses on a race to uncover an Easter egg hidden within the game, which makes the story that more enjoyable. It is definitely an adventure as we follow Wade Watson leading the pack in this quest. You can read my thoughts on the book and the movie here. […]

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