Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a must-read for any fan of video games. It is chock-full of video game and pop culture references from the 80’s and is a brilliant story. I don’t want to give away too much of it, but this is set in a not-too-distant future dystopia. Life is grim for many and to escape, everyone logs into a computer with VR and lives in a virtual world. Kids go to school here, people work and interact. The creator of this world hid a series of easter eggs that are a part of an epic quest. The winner gets the ultimate prize – ownership of the company that controls this online world. Unless a player can complete the quest, control is handed over to the company executives, which have bad plans.
I don’t care of you’re not much of a reader. If you like video games, you need to get this book. I think I read this one in under a week and had a few sleepless nights because of it. I read it so fast, in fact, that I need to go back and re-read it because I didn’t retain a lot of it. Steven Spielberg is making a movie based on this book, and I’m excited to see it. But please, read this book before you do!