A BLOGGING EXTRAVAGANZA DAY 4 – READY PLAYER ONE REVIEW

So the wonderful, beautiful Rachel over at Beauty and the Bookshelf noticed that a bunch of us bloggers were feeling like we were in a slump so she put together this great little challenge to help get us out! Head over to Rachel’s intro post to find out more about it! Seriously it’s low stress and just meant to be fun!! For today’s festivities I am reveiwing Ready Player One aka my FAVORITE BOOK EVER>#!@#

OK let me get the “boring” stuff out of the way first….

9969571Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
Published August 16th 2011 by Random House

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

I have read this book no less than 4 times and listened to the audio no less than 3 times. To say this is my all time favorite book is an understatement. It has everything I love outside of books and everything I love about books. I actually have to limit myself to only listening to the audiobook once a year because I think I would listen to it over and over again. Wil Wheaton does a fantastic job. I associate him with this audiobook so much that when I went and watched The Guild, I was actually confused why I was hearing his voice with an actual person. It is a strange addiction I have here.

OK let me talk about the characters first. Wade aka Parzival is our narrator and main character. He is a straight up white boy nerd. I have been so nervous for casting of this movie because spoiler alert this book is my favorite. *deep breath* I am ok with who they cast as Wade. They didn’t cast someone too old and even though I would love someone “less attractive” this is Hollywood. Anyway, Wade is a nerd and I love reading about other nerds. I can relate to these characters so much. Wade has obsessions and even though they are not the same obsessions as mine, I can relate. Cline does a fantastic job of portraying a character that has his life consumed by something. I have been there, I know that feeling. Ever stay up WAY too late watching a movie or TV show you have seen before? Or possibly reading a book you’ve read countless times? That is one part of Wade that makes him so relatable to me.

I think Aech is great. His relationship with Wade is one of my favorite parts of the book. It can be so reflective of real online relationships these days. You can talk to a person for years, never have met them in person but still consider that person your best friend. Aech and Parzival share smack talk and overall are there for each other.

The Hunt aka the plot is so amazing and I just want to exist in this word. Well minus the dystopian future America because that sounds like zero fun. But virtual reality! I know we are basically there but not being affordable and accessible.  The gamer in me WANTS IT. Back to the plot..do you know about Easter Eggs? Not the things you decorate for the holiday but the tiny things hidden in movies, games, books etc that are an inside joke or hidden message. It is basically a message the creator put in for fans. Halliday created The Hunt because he has no children to pass on his empire. He creates these Easter Eggs that only people who love and obsess about the same things he loved and obsessed over would understand. I myself am not a huge 80’s pop culture nerd but I enjoy a lot from this decade so I found “playing along” fascinating and so much fun.

So this was way more rambling than I had intended to do but I seriously love this book so much. I still get chills at the end and still laugh at the lame (but awesome) jokes. I smile and clap like a fool while listening to this audiobook (seriously I was clapping at a red light and the person in the car next to me started staring I DONT CARE!!).

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