3 years later, after all but the most die-hard contestants have written Halliday’s will off as a joke, Wade Owen Watts, or “Parzival”, discovers the first key, and suddenly the competition is on in earnest.
I love Ready Player One. It’s the best book I’ve read this year, but reviewing it is more difficult for me than reading it, because I know that I’m very much the target audience. Firstly, the book is very well written, characters are well drawn and the threat well established which gives the quest narrative weight. And Ernest Cline knows his stuff. Not just the 80’s pop culture references, but he understands the online world and the people who populate it. He understands game systems and the games industry. Recently we’ve seen a few attempts by other authors to write books that tap into this market, but this is the first one I’ve read that actually works as an engaging story.
Ten months after Ready Player One was released, Cline revealed that the book itself contains the first of a series of puzzles for readers. The competition’s prize will be a fully kitted out DeLorean, if you don’t know what a DeLorean is, this might not be the novel for you. If you do, I urge you to read this book.
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