I am shaken up over how much I loved this book. Ready Player One had everything I want out of a good book and so much more. I cannot find the words to describe the nerd-gasm I had reading this novel. Easily slotting its way into my favorite book high scores.
The basis being an epic video game competition that spans the world over. A hunt in the largest MMORPG ever conceived for endless treasures and inheritance of ownership to the game itself.
After a good introduction into the world (or worlds, I suppose) the hunt picks up speed, as our hero Parzival finds the first of three keys. From there I was hooked. The way these quests are played brings you into a timeless feel of adventure. My heart was pumping with eagerness to see what would happen next through out the book. Every quest bringing me deeper in.
The characters are well conceived and power this story. You can understand their shallowness of wanting to be their deepest dreams. In real life being nothing but a bunch of nerds pushing them to greatness in their virtual world. The love interest worked so well and I appreciate the definitive line drawn between good and evil. Then they all have their own power ups, artifacts and vehicles, which is pure nerd fun.
One of the things that made this book so great for me was the references. Now I was born in the eighties and still a lot of references were out of grasp for me. I enjoyed quick google searches I could do of video game box covers, songs or even obscure Japanese robots. A YouTube search of the last clue made me laugh as obscure nostalgia hit me in the face. I was able to visualize every piece of the puzzle along the way, by talking to my own computer. Fourth wall.
This stand alone novel won a place in my heart, I felt like a kid again. I do not remember the last time a book brought so much emotion and enthusiasm out of me. It all seems like a dream and I just want to read it all over again.
I want this book to be a movie so bad. It reminded me of one of my other favorite stories Scott Pilgrim, but with so much more depth.
I give this book a solid 5 out of 5. Not only that but instantly one of my all time favorites. I have a hangover from reading it, as it consumed my thoughts for a few days. I will recommend this book to every one. Every last one of you. Read it.