So, I usually like to read a book before I see a movie. However, the waiting list for “Ready Player One” was too long, and I decided to do the unthinkable. Yes, I saw the movie first.
Three months later, the audio book finally popped up on my Libby app.
I created the OASIS because I never felt at home in the real world.
The story is set in 2045, and it doesn’t look too good. The America we know is gone, forcing people to escape reality by jumping into the OASIS, a digital utopia. After one of its founder’s passes away, the world becomes obsessed with the quest of a lifetime. One that will end with fame and fortune.
Wade Watts, a high school student, is the first in the world to solve a puzzle. He becomes an instant celebrity, and that’s when the lines between reality and the virtual world blur. To survive, he must win. Along the way, he leans on follow gamers to make it through the challenges.
So, the movie is definitely “based” on the book and it is very different. That’s OK. Just warning you.
Finally thoughts: Now, if you love 80s gaming culture, TV and music, you will probably love this book. There were some video game references I had to look up, and that might have taken some of the fun out of the adventure. However, Wil Wheaton is fantastic. It is a very long audiobook but he made it bearable.
Buy your copy.
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