Great suffering succotash that is the most fun I have had sitting in a chair since, well it probably would not be politic to discuss that here. I should also say just for the record that by anyone’s definition I am NOT a geek, which, some could say, is why I really had very little interest in reading this book. Silly me. My daughter and son in law on the other hand are self proclaimed geeks with a capital G and that, dear friends is how this book, chock full of so much fun and frolic, made its way to my black hall table, home of my future reads. All hail familial geeks.
Okay, okay now that I am done fan girling on you, a little background. Ready Player One takes place in the year 2044 and mankind has messed up this world beyond measure. It is a very ugly place indeed. To escape, most all humanity spend their time plugged in, to a huge sprawling on line virtual reality called Oasis. There they can work, go to school, be anybody or anything they want, while they live, make friends a
nd enemies, all in this great wide, wonderful virtual utopia. Can it get any better? Well yes it can. Oasis creator James Halliday, prior to his death, created a game, a series of puzzles, within Oasis that anyone can participate in playing. The first person to successfully unlock this series of puzzles and find Halliday’s Easter egg will win a staggering amount of wealth and power.
One final nugget, James Halliday had a serious obsession with the pop culture of decades past, the latest decades in fact, of the twentieth century. His virtual world and his puzzles are brimming with pop culture references to this time period, most especially the 80’s, so if you are a serious gaming geek and if you have any interest in winning this quest, you had best ask yourself how well do you, know your geek history.
Let the games begin.
Slip on your visor, grab your haptic gloves and prepare to have Fun! Fun! Fun!