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.
I 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.