Ready Player One:
Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, is a science fiction book set in a dystopian future, in the year 2045. It’s story follows Wade, a teenager looking for a great fortune left behind in the virtual world of the Oasis. The only thing is… he’s not the only person who wants it.
When I picked this book to read, I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I thought that I would get through it fast, and it wouldn't be a big deal, but to my surprise, I ended up enjoying this book very much. I think that the book can be enjoyed by all age groups, and not just because of it’s story. It has lots of 80s’ pop culture references to keep an older reader engaged in the story, and I can see younger readers enjoying the plot line in generale, even if they don’t understand all of the references. Even if they don't, there is usually small text at the bottom of the page to explain the history and context of said reference.
The main character, Wade, and the friends that he meets along the way are hunting for the keys and clues that will help them find the fortune that the creator of the Oasis, Hallidiy, left behind after he died. It states in his will that whoever finds the ultimate easter egg claims all of the money. The style of the book is very dystopian, and neon, almost. Consider it retro-futurism. Themes in the book only help elevate its story, with themes like teamwork, and communication.
So overall, I think that this is a book that is worth many people's time, and if you are willing to dive into a not so distant future involving clues, friends, enemies, and 80s’ pop culture, then you are bound to enjoy this book.