Plot: 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 10,000 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 20th 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?

Book Review: Ready Player One is a first person POV from an 18 year old kid in a world with no hope. He escapes his real life in the Oasis, an online game that the world has pretty much become addicted to.

I found the world of the Oasis to be magnificent. The creativity of this story is unique and breathtaking. The characters are wonderful and perfectly imperfect, just how I like them. The hero of the story, Wade, is a nerd with a huge heart. He’s funny yet somewhat unsure of himself at times, he’s a typical coming of age boy, stuck between a man and a child.

Art3mis was wonderful as well. She was a tough no nonsense kind of girl. And I loved the fact that the author described her as a little more full figured, even her avatar was more life like instead of all the other avatars who are stick thin and perfectly curved. It’s nice to read of a girl with strong will and a realistic body shape. I was thrilled that she was proud enough of her herself to not hide her shape in the Oasis. She had sass and attitude and I just wanted more and more of her.

Aech was also great but really brought attention to the social racism and sexism present in our world today. I won’t post the spoiler here but it was a nice touch and tastefully done I thought.

I loved the action and the concept of turning the game into a life and death race. It was fun and fascinating. Also the flash backs to the 80’s was a blast, I grew up in the 80’s so reading this book filled me with nostalgia from my childhood.

If you haven’t read the book yet, then pick up a copy, you won’t regret it. And do it before you watch the movie. If you’ve already watched the movie then read the book as it’s leaps and bounds better. Why? Oh boy, where do I start…

Movie Review: Right off the bat I have a bone to pick with the movie, it didn’t follow the book much at all. I really didn’t like how it never once even mentioned about the school system, that was a key feature in the book. Also it left out the fact that Parzival was a low level player because of not having any money to advance. This is a key ingredient to reveal how determined he was. The movie says nothing about levels or the money used in the Oasis. So disappointed from the very start of the movie.

And of course they didn’t make Art3mis like she was in the book, no they went the perfect slender figure. She lost her individuality and what made me love her. Such a disappointment, it only feeds the minds of the world that thin is the definition of beautiful.

Ok moving on, another thing I really didn’t like, Parzival met Art3mis at the very beginning of the movie, there was no build up to him meeting her or anything, Then he meets her and Aech in real life close to the beginning as well. Part of the fun of the book was the fact that they didn’t meet each other until the end so there was this build up of anticipation and wondering who they would be and how much they would resemble their avatars. The movie sucked the fun right out of that aspect of the book. They could have really played this up in the movie and built the anticipation to their first real life meeting.

There are a bunch of different small things I didn’t care for in the movie but I’m not going to list them all as then this would wind up being a full length novel, but I will say the one thing I hated the most over all others. In the movie they cheated just like the sixers to win the game! In the book it came down to the players knowledge of 80’s pop culture to win the game, the Sixers would cheat by having so many people that it was combined knowledge, like the way a corporation would handle things. Parzival knew what game to play because of his knowledge of Halliday and all the hard work he put in over the years to know everything that he could possibly know. Not in the movie, in the movie Art3mis saw a Sixer playing the game so she knew what game it was and she told Parzival, it had absolutely nothing to do with their own knowledge. That totally goes against everything the Gunters stood for. And that was the nail in the coffin for me. I think it’s best that I pretend there never was a movie made for this book. Because in reality, when you compare apples to apples, there wasn’t.

The only thing good about the movie was the graphics, and I will admit the race in the beginning was pretty cool even though there was no race anywhere in the book. All in all, I’d say you could skip the movie and read the book and that would be the best end of the deal. Sometimes I wish I hadn’t seen the movie because it makes me so angry at how far they strayed from what the book was really about. The underdog winning, armed with nothing but his own knowledge.