Author: Ernest Cline
Narrated By: Wil Wheaton
Publication Date: 04/21/2015
Duration: 15 hrs 46 minutes
My Rating: 9.5/10
Overview: It's 2044, and Earth is stricken with poverty and an unavoidable energy crisis. Many people cannot afford basic luxuries, however, one aspect of society is prominent enough to keep everyone going: the OASIS. The OASIS is a virtually reality coded by James Halliday. Inside, one can go to school, work, make friends and game all day long.
Can one desperate teen find Halliday's Easter Egg? Or, will an evil group of corporate creeps take the gold?
Escape into the OASIS and find out!
What I loved: I am a female, born in the 90's, who's favorite video game is Mario Party, so when my friend Spencer recommended Ready Player One, it's safe to say I was skeptical. However, once I started listening, I soon became deeply immersed in Cline's futuristic dystopian world. Reading a book in itself is an escape from reality, but with this title, you get to escape to a world within that world, kind of like Inception.. Pretty trippy, huh?
The story is highly entertaining and it's one of those books I couldn't stop reading, yet never wanted it to end.
Wade, the main character, is a witty, smart ass teen who you can't help but root for. The main female, Art3mis, is pretty amazing too. The dialogue is outstanding and I couldn't help but laugh out loud throughout.
I became as addicted to this book as the characters within the pages were addicted to finding Halliday's Easter Egg. Cline expertly described the future Earth and the OASIS to the extent which I felt like I was actually there too.
All in all, you don't have to be a male gamer born in the 80's to enjoy this book. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone!
PS. Steve Spielberg is directly the film adaption which is set to be released in 2018!!
What I didn't: As much as I loved Ready Player One, there were some dull parts in the middle. Sure, not every chapter can be in-your-face-action, but at times, I was a little bored.
What I loved about listening: Wil Wheaton did a phenomenal job narrating Ready Player One. His voice added to the suspense of the story and he was highly entertaining. I am definitely going to look into any other titles he may have narrated.
What I didn't love about listening: My only qualm with Wil's narration is there wasn't much of a difference between his male and female voices. If a conversation between a male and female character was happening, it was difficult to differentiate who was actually speaking.