I just blogged every single day for 8 days straight between this feature, my Armchair BEA participation and my month end update on the #Realbook challenge. I’m exhausted! How do you regularly posting bloggers do it? Much awe and respect for you prolific people!
I also read like a fiend all month. But last night I did a re-read of a most favoured book. And since I love it just as much this time around, (and yes, raved about it in an Armchair post), I thought I’d feature it here too. You know, in case you need any more encouragement to put it at the top of your towering TBR pile. (hint hint)
Without further ado:
It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.
And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them.
For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.
And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.
Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?
Why I Love It:
Rise up you ColecoVision lovers, you John Hughes misfits, you multi-sided die owners. You have a new bible – Ready Player One. Read it. Now. High schooler Wade Watts goes on an 1980s pop-culture fueled virtual quest in an economically depressed futuristic society with the fortune of an deceased Steve Jobs-like billionaire as its prize. A classic coming of age tale in a digital age about friendship, love, and finding yourself in the real world.
I could have hugged Cline after reading this the first time for giving me such a tailor made gift with this story. It shines on every level – its love and homage to all things 80s, the quest, the VR world, the relationships, and ultimately and most importantly, Wade coming into his own. Though, having had the brilliance to both think up and pull off this book?
His first book.
But he gets this in adoration:
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