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. 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.
Ready Player One has been on my TBR for the longest time! I have several friends with good taste who have read and loved it. Several months ago I snagged the e-book on sale, but it stayed unread on my Kindle. Then, spurred by the latest movie news and friends who loved the audiobook, I decided to give the audiobook a try.
Best. Decision. EVER.
There were times when I was driving down the road and my heart was literally racing. (I mean, this is not uncommon when I drive in Miami -- LOL! -- but I mean my heart was racing from what was happening in the story.) I wanted Will Wheaton, the amazing audiobook narrator, to go faster so I could stop sitting on the edge of my seat! He did such an incredible job of suspenseful reading! Every time Wade was going through a challenge I was holding my breath the whole time and freaking out to myself, worrying that he would fail.
I don't want to age myself, but let's just say that I was around for some of this stuff described in the book. That was pretty cool. I enjoyed visualizing the TV shows, commercials, movies, songs, and products in the context of this story. Ready Player One was full of surprises, twists, and "OMG, no he didn't!!!"/ "OMG, no they didn't!!!" moments. I can't recommend this book highly enough. A 5 out of 5 star read for sure!
This is going to a fantastic movie, and I can't wait to see it on the big screen!