Ready Player One – the book

Ready Player One

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!


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