Daily Archives: February 13, 2012

Currently Reading: Ready Player One

Okay all you 80s nerds, this is the book for you.   I got this book as a sort of in between while I was waiting for another book.  It sounded kinda fun so I thought I would give it a try.  I CANNOT PUT IT DOWN!!!

It is a post-apocalyptic sort of world in 2024 where the world has begun to run out of natural resources.  Think about what it would be like if we did not recover from our current recession.   Mobile home parks where houses are stacked 15 high is the new norm.  People are barely working, if at all, the school system is shot, and people don’t have a hope.

Well, they do have one escape, the OASIS.   An interactive online world developed by one of the greatest video game designers the world has ever seen.  Think along the lines of someone like Steve Jobs.   He creates a world in cyberspace for people to live out their lives, playing and working.  People in OASIS have jobs, kids go to school, and it is all free.

When the designer dies, he leave behind a game.  A game where the winner is given all of his fortune… a few billion dollars and the most lucrative business ever.

The adventure follows one teen, Wade, also known as Perzival.  He uses all of his vast knowledge of all things 80s to try and solve the puzzles to win the game.  Upon solving the first puzzle, his world comes crashing down around him as we find out the the evil company who is also trying to win is willing to kill for it.

This is one exciting book.  I am sure anyone who likes video games and movies would like this book.  If you grew up in the 80s or at least like the 80s, you are going to love this book.  There are so many great references to games, movies, and TV shows.

Give it a whirl.  I bet you will like it.

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