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doc Ü Ready Player One ✓ Hardcover read Ø Librarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found hereIN THE YEAR 2044 reality is an ugly place The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this E to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them But when Wa I got to read an ARC of this and it appealed to every geeky part of me I'll probably write a blog about it later but for now a brief review Simply said? This book was fucking awesome

doc ñ Ready Player One ☆ Ernest Cline

De stumbles upon the first clue he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize The race is on and if Wade's going to survive he'll have to win and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escap Back in 2011 Ready Player One was perhaps the year's most well reviewed book It received glowing commendations from the likes of NPR The New York Times Wired John Scalzi Patrick Rothfuss and many many It maintains a 43 average score on Goodreadscom a significant accomplishment given its 20000 reviews and you'd be hard pressed to find a negative review in any major publicationIn no way can I make any sense of this Please believe what I am about to write as it is not even close to hyperboleReady Player One was the most disappointing reading experience of my entire lifeIt’s the year 2044 and the real world is an ugly place Like most of humanity Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets 

And like most of humanity Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world For somewhere inside this giant networked playground OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of puzzles that will yield a massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them 

For years millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the 1980s And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle Suddenly the whole world is watching and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prizeAnd with that you've just read the best that Ready Player One has to offer its synopsisI should preface the rest of this review by stating that I am and have always been a geek at heart I am as much a byproduct of the 1980s as anyone I've been a lifelong gamer a pop culture obsessive and I once thought I'd married for real Princess PeachReady Player One has been hailed by its author Ernest Cline as a love letter to anyone who grew up geek a sentiment that has been confirmed by every review in every publication all over the world And yet the Ready Player One that I read was less a love letter to geeks than it was a pat on the back to an 18 year old Cline a Stephanie Meyer eclipsing Mary Sue that attempts to justify the behavior of an overweight socially awkward virginal nerdI'm not being mean It's literally what it isAt its core Ready Player One is a fairy tale a treasure hunt Albeit one designed by an 80s obsessed ultra nerd whose entire life was steeped in nostalgia Evidently human creativity peaked with Zork and Legend So Wade's hunt for Halladay's easter egg is one long excuse for a constant—and I do mean constant—barrage of 80s referencesActually scratch that It's not so much referencing as it is name dropping 95% of it serves no actual purpose aside from simply mentioning it At first the references reinforce the story helping to create a framework that grounds the reader in the world Cline has created with OASIS But after the first chapter yes the first chapter these devolve into ceaseless meaningless throwbacks The novelty lasts all of ten minutes until you realize that it's all just an annoying form of telling not showingIf the point is to re enact sections of DD modules and 80s cult classics then your readers are just getting third hand retreads of things that aren't even important to begin with It's sort of like when your socially awkward friend resolutely recounts a super sweet TV show for you word for word and all you can do is just sit there and wait until he's finished Pay 20 for that experience and you get Ready Player OneWhat makes Ready Player One so disappointing is that these references seem to the be the sole purpose of Cline's writing The novel doesn't say much of anything Sure there are a handful of introspective moments—limp attempts at social commentary—but they're of so little conseuence they seem thrown in to fulfill some delusion of grandeurYes reality really is better and meaningful than virtual reality We've been told this in almost every VR based story known to man And yet that's Cline's one takeaway Oh and you should love people for who they are on the inside even if they have a birthmark on half their face Thanks ErnestWhat's confusing about the 80s obsession though is the fact that Ready Player One is at best a YA level read Cline would sit very comfortably beside the likes of Rick Riordan and Suzanne Collins Ready Player One is inelegant and shallow at the best of times and yet this novel is clearly targeted at the 30 year old and up crowd if you're any younger much of the subject material is simply too obscure This subjectreading level conflict then makes the whole mess inherently problematicAnd what's worst—no I haven't even gotten to the worst part yet—is how the entire thing reeks of elitism Yes you read that correctly This is a book about an overweight unattractive lazy delusional uber geek elitist who believes—truly believes—that his knowledge of 80s trivia makes him superior And Cline basically affirms this Some guys buy cars others put socks down their pants Cline writes 80s trivia novelsThere is a scene in chapter 3 in which Wade or Parzival as his handle goes engages in a nerdy rat a tat tat with another OASIS player to see who has knowledge of 80s pop culture It is the singularly most embarrassing thing I have ever read from a professional It's just this much above fan fiction Actually fuck that I've actually read fan fiction entertaining than this It was absolutely ridiculousAdd to all this the fact that Cline's characters are uniformly flat Wade our narrator is blatant author wish fulfillment and his lessons are trivial at best His love interest is present only to represent Wade's true victory her heart The unknowable best friend who harbours a secret you'll never guess meaning you absolutely will And the villain a one dimensional nearly faceless corporation as uninteresting as a rival boyfriend in a John Hughes movieIf it's a great book I want to luxuriate in its greatness And if it's crap I want it to magically transform itself into genius This book just stayed crap – Amy a reviewer on comReady Player One exists solely to glorify hollow pop culture from the 1980s and yet Ernest Cline does absolutely nothing to convince the reader that the 80s were cool if heshe didn't think so already The plot is overly simplistic and plods along with inevitability making The Da Vinci Code read like a Pulitzer Prize winner Cline's hero Wade is the trivia euivalent of Superman where he is so overpowered his uest becomes tedious rather than uplifting And at the end of the day Wade is just an arrogant elitist prick He describes his abject poverty and lack of real world opportunities as like being in the world's greatest video arcade with no uarters Seriously fuck you WadeEvery time I think about this book I want to make my rating lower It started as a 2 then dropped to a 15 and by the end of this review I feel I have no choice but to give it a 1 I hated this book with every fibre of my being and it escapes the dreaded 0 only because Cline managed to form actual sentencesNever again will I read Ernest Cline You can count on that

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Ready Player OneLibrarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found hereIN THE YEAR 2044 reality is an ugly place The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS Wade's devoted his lif For most of the first half of this book I was unimpressed The writing was flat and the story was unremarkable The book gets hype because of its pervasive use of 1980s popular culture particularly its references to science fiction fantasy and video games The problem was that most of these references served no purpose Something would be described by pointing out its resemblance to something from a film or television show—a particularly annoying form of telling rather than showing given that a reader of the wrong age or background won't know the reference—but said reference would add nothing to the events at hand Either that or the reference would be carried to cringe worthy fan fiction grade extremes For instance in one scene the online avatar of the main character Wade Watts known online as Parzival pilots a DeLorean DMC 12 resembling the one used in the Back to the Future films except for the addition of the computerized voice and sweeping red light of KITT from Knight Rider a pair of Ghost Busters logos adorning the doors and a license plate reading ECTO 88 Whether mentioned in passing or over the top like the aforementioned mash up car however virtually all of these allusions are brought up and then dropped in the space of a sentence The DeLorean for example takes up a couple of paragraphs and is then never used again Ready Player One doesn't draw from 1980s popular culture; it just name drops it all over the place Sometimes it seemed the only purpose for these references was that the author and reader could share a knowing self congratulating smileThe notion of a massively multiplayer online role playing game becoming the human race's main form of entertainment presents some amusing possibilities though and Ready Player One doesn't completely suander its potential The moment when I started to enjoy the book came about halfway through in a chapter describing a day in Wade's life some time after his view spoilerbreak up with Art3mis Cline shows him putting his life in order rescuing his health and habits from the pallid flabby state a life online had put them in His avatar Parzival previously a penniless high school student becomes one of the coolest most powerful characters in the OASIS But then at the end of the chapter in a moment of insight Wade realizes that all the good things in his life only exist inside in a world that isn't real Despite his accomplishments he lives alone in a featureless one room apartment never going or even looking outside Cline takes the familiar narrative arc of boy meets girl boy loses girl boy falls into depression boy turns his life around and twists it in a way that I found interesting hide spoiler