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read reader ✓ Ready Player One ¹ Paperback ✓ reflectionslisburnltd Í It's the year 2044 and the real world has become an ugly place We're out of oil We've wrecked the climate Famine poverty and disease are widespreadLike most of humanity Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spUsand planets And like most of humanity Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality OASIS founder James Halliday who dies with no heir has promised that control of the OASIS and his massive fortune will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creationFor years millions have struggled fruitlessly to 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

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It's the year 2044 and the real world has become an ugly place We're out of oil We've wrecked the climate Famine poverty and disease are widespreadLike most of humanity Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten tho 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

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Ready Player OneAttain this prize knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzleSuddenly he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize a chase that soon takes on terrifying real world dimensions and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly chang That one star is probably misleadingI thought this was going to be a 4 5 star book for a good portion of the time I spent reading it The 80s pop culture references are so pervasive and so relevant to my life that at times the book felt like it been written specifically for me The love interest is described as being like Jordan from Real Geniusc'monButAll of the Star Wars Ferris Bueller and Highlander references in the world can't hide that this story is at best empty and at worst ugly Rote plotting un earned dickensian coincidences clumsy deus ex machina I still don't know how to pluralize that term the worst kind of tokenism disguised as actually valuing diversity a profound neglect of the complexities of the realvirtual world dichotomyCline has adopted some of the style of Gibson and Stephenson but none of the substanceIn a nice manifestation of the novel's lack of self awareness Cline at one point derides the villains of the book for simply using Johnny 5 style robots from Short Circuit instead coming up with their own design This appropriation he explaines demonstrates a lack of imagination a valid criticism that only too accurately applies to the ostensible heroes of the book as well as to Cline himselfUpdate The plural of deus ex machina is dei ex machinis Thanks The Awl