James Halliday, probably the most brilliant game designer
that ever was, and the creator of the OASIS – a vast virtual universe
that is both game and alternate reality – died without an heir or any
real friends, leaving the disposition of his multi-multi-billion dollar
empire in question. Instead of a will, Halliday left the contest.
Somewhere hidden in the OASIS
is a virtual Easter Egg. Find the egg and
win it all. “Shall we play a game?”
Our young hero Wade Watts, game-name Parzival, is a gunter –
an Easter Egg hunter. He’s going to find that egg even if the search
kills him a thousand times. Wade lives in the stacks, a sprawling
trailer park both horizontal and vertical. To call the world he lives in
a dystopia would be an understatement. Humanity is in decline, maybe
even on the way out. Thank Halliday for the OASIS. Almost everyone lives
the bulk of their lives there. They go to school, work, and play on
thousands of virtual worlds. You name it,
there’s a world for it, The Matrix gone intergalactic. Without the
OASIS, life would suck like nothing has ever sucked before. "So it's
sorta social. Demented and sad, but social."
Ready Player One is William Gibson meets TRON meets Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
– with many a cool ‘80’s reference. Unlike Charlie and Co. who faced
their demons on a single factory
floor, Wade/Parzival and his fellow gunters have uncounted worlds to
face, explore, and conquer. Somewhere out there is the key to the
kingdoms, and our boy’s going to find it. "Ray, if someone asks you if
you are a god, you
A virtual world where you can be the person you want to be –
perhaps not even a human person – and a quest for the biggest treasure ever known? What’s not to love? Ready Player One is totally awesome, a total Rush, dude. I haven’t been this excited about a book in quite some time. Can’t wait to put it in your hands. So get ready to strap on your reading glasses and enjoy the ride. "Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads."
And lastly, if you lived through, grew up in, or even just heard of the
1980’s … or if you’ve ever seen an ‘80’s movie (you have) … or if you’ve
ever played a video game, you are
going to love Ready Player One. This one is not to be missed. "Nobody puts baby in the corner."
End of Line.
– Patrick Heffernan, Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, San Diego