Ready Player One

ready player one cover image Ready Player One

by Ernest Cline
Broadway Books
Paperback, 384 pages

Imagine Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or Willy Wonka for the movie fans, was set in the not too distant future but the Oompa Loompas sang your favorite pop songs from the 1980s instead of slightly disturbing mantras about proper manners. Imagine Wonka quoting The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off while playing Q-Bert on an Atari 2600. While you are at it, imagine what the world would be like if everyone had access to a virtual reality universe that seems endless. Give poor Charlie Bucket access to this virtual world and watch everyone hunt for the golden ticket, or Easter Egg, left by one of the multi-billionaires that created this virtual world. Put all of those things together with a dash of The Matrix, a hint of Dungeons and Dragons, and a mountain of mixed tapes and VHS classics and you have Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One. Whether or not your teenage years were spent watching actual music videos on MTV or dropping quarters into games like Space Invaders or Pitfall this novel will be hard to put down.