Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Book Review

Have you ever read a book about a certain subject, that made you want to meet the actors in it, or learn that new language, or try out that recipe from the book, or go on a trip, or want to read more, or, want to become a mage/wizard or video gamer? When you feel like that after reading a book, you know the book is amazing and probably needs a standing ovation.


I’ve known a few such books on different subjects that made me want to do crazy things such as:

  • Go on a solo hike after reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • Find Hogwarts and apply for a course there after reading the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
  • Get a towel and go on a space adventure trying to find out answers from the Universe and learning how inconsequential human beings are after reading The Hitchiker’s guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Try to cook like Julia, after reading My Life in France by Julia Child
  • And many more……

To add to this insane list of things that I will not be able to achieve, add wanting to be a kickass video gamer, even though I suck at it. This is what happened to me after I finished reading Ready Player One.

I loved the book. It doesn’t matter if you’re a video game fan, because I’m not one. And yet, the amount of detail on each game, the history of video gaming, the world building around how the future could look like if we had a virtual reality game like the OASIS, just blew my mind off. The protagonists are amazing and the story is fast paced. There is no time wasted in moving to the next challenge or the next twist in the story. The characters are all straight forward, no dark person turned grey scenario, and I liked that for a change.

This book is a tribute to video gamers and also to the 80s culture. I knew a few of the TV shows, movies, books and music referenced in the book, but wasn’t aware of a whole lot. Now I’ve made a list of some of the books, movies and music artists in the book to try and check them out. Also, now I’m ready to watch the movie and see how much justice Steven Spielberg has done to the book..haha, no I won’t judge. I just want to see a little of OASIS and I want to see how Aech and Art3mis look on screen, to be honest 😉

Things I’d love to hear back from the readers 🙂

  • Have you read this book or watched the movie? What was your experience like?
  • What a book that made you want to be a part of the story or be a character from the story or try to do something new, inspired from the story?

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