And the Winner Is . . .

So I’ve finally made a decision on what to read next. And the winner is…. Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One.

A co-worker of mine had suggested I read this book back in October, and so I placed it on my wish list. Finally, it has moved to the top of the pile. The book description on Amazon reads:

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?

My first thought when he told me about the book was that it would be a re-telling of George Orwell’s 1984, so I procrastinated. Not that I didn’t enjoy reading 1984, but I found the novel somewhat bleak and depressing, making it a difficult read. I’ve only read the prologue of Ready Player One thus far, but I’m already liking it.

Having grown up in the 1980’s, I recall what it was like the first time I saw an Atari. How blown away I was when the astronaut first hopped, and placed an MTV flag in the moon. When Madonna first topped the charts, and John Hughes made movies for a generation. I can’t wait to discover how all these memorable moments from my childhood will be included in this tale.

Source: Amazon

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