Monday, February 17, 2014
Book Club: Ready Player One
I haven't bought a book for myself that was not required reading for a class in a quite some time. Maybe the October before last? I get most of my books from the library (especially convenient now that there's an app, so I can request new books on my phone), but around Christmas the Barnes & Noble by my work closed so I picked up some books in the clearance sale. Ready Player one is the first one I've gotten around to reading.
The plot: it's set in the US in 2044, and most of the population lives their lives plugged into a virtual reality called OASIS. When James Halliday, the creator of OASIS, died he set up a scavenger hunt hidden within the game and announced that the first person to find the easter egg he hid would inherit his estate. The prize is especially important because so much of the population is living in poverty, but also because corporations want to win so they can own and monetize the OASIS platform. The book is narrated by one of the egg hunters, Wade Watts.
I really liked Ready Player one. It's got elements of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Matrix, and John Hughes all rolled into one. Halliday was obsessed with the 80s, so all the characters know obscure facts about music & movies released in the 80s. I'm really glad I read it after You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried; while reading it I kept thinking that Wade would probably have read YCIMIYT for his research.
Also, it made me more interested in Dungeons & Dragons than I've ever been before. So there's that.
Read any good books lately?
50 Book Challenge count: 3