Book Review: Ready Player One

In honor of Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One hitting theaters in 2018, I wanted to write a review on its book. Published in 2011, Ernest Cline’s dystopian science fiction novel became a fast cult hit due to its heavy 80s themes.

Here’s my quick thoughts on Ready Player One:

World Building: The dystopian world is one of the best elements of this book. The stacks describe the towers of trailer homes that fill the majority of the country’s metropolitan areas. It’s a concept that I could see coming to fruition due to overpopulation or another modern day crisis. Additionally, the Oasis video game is more than just an entertainment venue. I love how it’s nearly replaced the educational system and becomes an escape from the dire state of the world. I felt myself wishing a game, as realistic existed in this world.

Character Building: I enjoyed the bond the main characters developed throughout the story. Cline did a good job of building momentum for both the love interests and platonic friendships. The dialogue reminded me of a YA novel, yet the other facets of the story will satisfy adult readers.

Plot: There was heavy exposition in this book, but it was well balanced with the action scenes. The narrative served an important purpose of building the back story and explaining excitement around the inciting incident.

Overall, it was a fun read. And while I didn’t grow up in the 80s, so I didn’t understand every reference, I was able to follow along and relate to most of the nostalgia.