Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is about a contest within a virtual world called the OASIS, the prize being the multibillion dollar fortune left by the game’s creator, James Halliday. The challenge is a search for his hidden egg in OASIS. Avatars searching for the egg (aka gunters) have to find three keys and pass three gates, all left by Halliday himself, to win the hunt. Halliday wanted everyone to share his love for 80’s pop culture so in creating the hunt, he made it 80’s centered. For five years, no one has been able to find the first key and the scoreboard remained dormant. Until Wade Watts’s name appears in first place.

For the most part I found the book entertaining, but there were some very slow parts. The beginning explanations took too long, so my interest didn’t start until about page 80. In between gates, the action slows down and I wasn’t drawn to read. The story is most interesting when Wade is within the process of finding a key and passing its gate. During these parts, I was very engaged. I found it interesting to see how the clues unfolded into this game. I don’t know much about 80’s pop culture, so I wasn’t able to try to decipher the clues myself, but I still enjoyed the book.

For some reason, it took me a really long time to get through the whole book. The pages are packed to the brim and when the story slowed, I didn’t have a drive to find out what happened next. Even when I was interest, my reading pace was much slower than normal.

The best part of the book is by far the ending. I thought it was the perfect conclusion and it made up for the slower parts in the story. I loved finding out the identities of the people behind the avatars. Ernest Cline wrapped up the story with the perfect amount information. I specifically liked how he wrote the ending in regards to the relationship between Parzival and Art3mis. He didn’t leave the reader feeling cheated out of any answers.

I think it was a good book and I’m glad that I read it. It was slow at times, but it ended with a bang. I would rate Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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