Ready Player One
Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Published in English: 2011
Dansk titel: Spillet om Oasis
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2013
Finished Reading: July 2019
Genre: Fantasy, YA & Sci-fi
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
IN THE YEAR 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.
But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
If you’ve seen the movie before reading the book, I would just forget about reading this at all. Many things are different and not in the good way. The writing seems flawed and overall the book seems weak in comparison. I experienced many typos too, which distracted my flow plenty of times. I loved the movie so much, I actually went in and saw it twice in one day, so I was excited to finally read the book, but it was a huge let down, and I don’t think I’ll ever read a book, if I’ve already seen the movie beforehand. I know it’s stupid, why didn’t I just read the damn book before I went to the cinema, but if you saw my house, you’d understand why, I literally got books from my floor to the ceiling in my Livingroom, and finding one book to read has proven quite the taste.
Right now, I’m struggling with one problem. Was the book bad because I had seen the movie before, or is the book just that bad? In terms of the writing, I’d say its way below average. In addition, the sheer amount of references seems to be the sole purpose of this book. I’d rather have a solid plot and awesome character’s than a bunch of referenced I didn’t understand half the time.
What stumbles me the most is the fact that we got a lot of references to games and movies made in the 80’s but the targeted reading audience is teens at best with the type of writing Cline used. Therefore, what made him think that it was a good idea to do it that way?
Putting that aside, I got an issue with the characters too. Wade is just a flat no personality gibbet. His love interest is one plain boring character and his best friend is one with a huge secret, that is supposed to shock you silly, but that too, is predictable. Everything about this book is predictable, down to the last piece of character and object. We know how it’s going to end, even before we start reading, because like everything else, this follows a strict pattern of how the buildup should be, how the characters should act and how the bad guys must behave.
Overall, a huge let down. I’m sad!