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I m not crazy about reality, but it s still the only place to get a decent meal Groucho MarxThe middle school I attended was a 1930s WPA project that by the 1970s was a lethal cocktail of toxic mold from the water leaks and cancer causing asbestos I m hoping, since several decades have passed, that all the nasty microbes I inhaled while conjugating verbs and wrestling with algebra have long since been frog marched out of my body I was a rural kid and had to wait for the bus to come pick me up after school The bus was always late which was a real pain in the ass for a scrawny kid like me who was trying to avoid the hulking, megalithic Hoover clan They were massive, with beach ball bellies and Neanderthal brows They had freckle specked Popeye arms and flaming red hair They were full grown men in middle school with mustaches and sideburns They liked to grab underweight kids by the neck and dangle them off the ground for entertainment A new pizza place opened across the highway The pizza was passable, but I wasn t there for the pizza When I walked in those doors I claimed sanctuary It didn t take long for the owner to 86 the Hoover boys because he didn t want me to be interrupted putting quarter after quarter into this colorful black box called DEFENDER If I were to get the high score the pizza guy would give me a slice I soon learned that I could barter that slice for safe conduct onto my bus It was worth the investment to buy a piece and watch the Hoover boysmen tear the slice into pieces nearly coming to blows in the process, although I probably could have brought them roadkill with similar results The place also had Asteroids which I loved as well, but my first love was Defender I would only play Asteroids if someone was already playing Defender Even while immersed in blowing up interstellar asteroids I would catch myself looking longingly over at Defender Yes, it was a whirlwind romance born out of a need for survival When I moved to high school I would stop in once in a while, but I d grown as a person and Defenderwellhad stayed the same Our romance had gotten away from us somehow and it was time for both of us to move on to other people like Molly Ringwald Yes, I know it is embarrassing to admit it now, but I, like a large majority of boys and a good percentage of girls, had a crush on Molly She wasn t the best role model for girls and I paid the price for her influence The girls I dated in high school were that mucha pain in the ass because Molly Ringwald was their idol from the clothes they wore to the way they talked Is that the time period when High Maintenance came into common usage I wore a Members Only jacket and wished like hell my parents had cable so I could watch MTV It was always a struggle trying to be cool in Kansas in the 1980s Wade Watts, our hero, is an orphan He was taken in by an aunt because she wanted the extra food vouchers She doesn t share the food,a bit of a Dickens situation going on, which forces Wade to scramble for his own food supply They live in these lovely stacked trailers on the outskirts of Oklahoma CityWe lived in the Portland Avenue Stacks, a sprawling hive of discolored tin shoeboxes rusting on the shores of I 40, just west of Oklahoma City s decaying skyscraper core It was a collection of over five hundred individual stacks, all connected to each other by a makeshift network of recycled pipes, girders, support beams, and footbridges The spires of a dozen ancient construction cranes used to do the actual stacking were positioned around the stacks ever expanding outer perimeter.Living in this world of 2044 would have been horrible except for a man named James Halliday who had invented OASIS a sprawling virtual utopia You could live in the nastiest slag heap on the planet, but in OASIS, where you spent most of your time, you could build a paradise When Halliday died he left a series of clues that created a world sensation The first person to figure out the clues wins the Halliday fortune 140 billion Halliday was a fan of 1980s pop culture and built his clues around his love of that era Those involved in the search have to become experts on everything 1980s The dialogue of every John Hughes film, the man who brought us Molly Ringwald, must be memorized They have to learn how to play vintage video games such as Defender, Asteroids, Joust and Pac Man They have to watch all the television episodes from that era searching for clues to the puzzle They have to know Devo lyrics and the words to every other 1980s pop song Needless to say, most of the population give up, and go back to other pursuits as the years pass without any breakthroughs Wade is determined and with the help of his best friend Aech pronounced H they continue to sift through archival material looking for that clue that will lead them to the next clue When Wade finds the first clue and opens the first gate of the elaborate treasure hunt he becomes a world sensation, and draws the attention of the Sixers, the evil corporation intent on dominating OASIS If they find the clues before Wade and his friends, and unlock the Halliday fortune, OASIS would be under their control During his quest, his online name is Parzival, Wade meets a girlIt was Art3mis.She wore a suit of scaled gunmetal blue armor that lookedsci fi than fantasy Twin blaster pistols were slung low on her hips in quick draw holsters, and there was a long, curved elvish sword in a scabbard across her back She wore fingerless Road Warrior style racing gloves and a pair of classic Ray Ban shades Overall, she seemed to be going for a sort of mid 80s postapocalyptic cyberpunk girl next door look And it was working for me, in a big way In a word hot.I m such a sucker for boy meets girl, boy wins girl, boy loses girl, boy wins girl back Cline mines this tried and true formula to perfection The reader is shotgunned with 1980s pop culture which I know has bothered some reviewers I thought it was great I ve been listening to 80s music all week on my iPod because the book brought back memories of songs that I first heard on cassette tapes I wasn t ever a gamer My brief fling with Defender has been the only time I ve spent any significant amount of time playing video games To enjoy this book I don t think you have to be a connoisseur of vintage video games or have spent hours playing DD, but I think those people with that background will enjoy itbecause the references will ignite hopefully, fond memories for them If you pine for the 1980s you should definitely read this book The plot was fascinating and kept the pages turning This book went viral in the collecting world First edition, first printing are bringing 200 I read somewhere that the print run was 15,000 which is reasonably small If a large percentage of the first printings were bought by libraries it could stay a much sought after collectible for years to come If you have a first edition, first printing tuck it away somewhere safe It could turn out to provide a really good return on your initial investment If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at I got to read an ARC of this, and it appealed to every geeky part of me I ll probably write a blog about it later, but for now, a brief review Simply said This book was fucking awesome. FREE PDF ♷ Ready Player One ♵ IN THE YEAR , 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 ETA At the risk of getting thisattention by editing it, I m no longer responding to comments made on this review It s four years old, and while I stand by what I wrote, I m not interested in discussing it, either positively or negatively And I m really glad they made it into a movie.So disappointing The premise of a treasure hunt inside a gigantic immersive online environment is interesting I like the idea of the people of 2044 being fixated on 80s culture for clues to solving the puzzle The execution simply doesn t live up to the promise The writing goes like this interestinginterestinginterestingINFODUMP interesti BIGGER INFODUMPand so forth I honestly don t know who the intended audience is The author overexplains all the 80s references as if he expects readers to be too young or too disconnected from geek culture not to get them, but my experience with SF fandom is that no element of fandom, however old, ever completely dies out all of us old farts who were teens in the 80s and, interesting fact, the creator of the book s treasure hunt has the same birth year I do make sure the young sprouts experience all the golden oldies This is a first novel, and I make allowances for first novels, but this stretches my tolerance quite a bit.More difficult for me to get past was the poorly conceived dystopian future from which the story arises to the bugaboos of environmental destruction, overpopulation, and economic collapse is added the fear of giant, evil corporations This despite the fact that the guy who set up the enormous online multiverse AND created the treasure hunt did so by creating an enormous corporation of his own His online creation is lauded in one of those massive infodumps as being so egalitarian because they don t charge anything for access, just for the things you buy inside it, but the corporation couldn t have set it up in the first place without needing a grundle of cash My computer programmer friends will fall on the floor laughing at the idea that all of those virtual items people buy are pure profit for the company because they don t cost anything to make Every time I started to get interested in the story, I came up against some background element that only made sense in a tautological way it is because it s said to be so.But what really killed it for me, what caused me to finally give up about halfway through, has always been a deal breaker for me in any work of speculative fiction I don t like books that seem to exist independently of the great body of work that has explored the same issues or ideas In this case, it s as if the author has never heard of Tad Williams Otherland or despite the hero s homage to Stephenson The Diamond Age and Snow Crash These books I except Stephenson srecent book Reamde because it was released the same year as Ready Player One raised and evaluated issues with virtual reality, and yet Ready Player One does a lot of unnecessary reinventing of the cybernetic wheel And yes, I do think this is a valid criticism science fiction is interconnected to a degree that trumps any other genre, except possibly experimental literary fiction There s an expectation that readers will be familiar with concepts raised elsewhere and havethan a passing familiarity with other SF novels Ready Player One doesn t do muchthan revisit ideas that other authors have explored, and the addition of a high tech fantasy quest an admittedly very cool idea isn t enough to elevate it beyond the ordinary. This book is nostalgia porn If you grew up in the 80s, enjoy video games, or go crazy for popular culture, you will devour this one I was supposed to be reading this with a friend but I couldn t stop I read the beginning and thought, what s the big deal with everyone s obsession Then Ernest Cline got his meat hooks into me and I read it while I was making dinner, while I was eating dinner, and then afterward until I d finished it I think I am just a few years shy of this books prime audience but I can see how it will appeal to most of my fellow geek friends Ready Player One is set in a future where we have depleted our resources to the point where many people lives in Stacks, which are basically just trailer homes piled 20 high, and many people struggle to make ends meet Wade Watts, the protagonist, attends school in OASIS like many of his peers OASIS, an online world created by James Halliday, contains thousands of different worlds, including copies of many famous sci fi verses I m sure you could spend most of your time in Sunnydale or on Dune if you wanted to In a very Westing Game move, Halliday leaves his entire 250 billion fortune to the player who can find the Easter egg hidden in OASIS The book is set five years after his death and no player has gotten even one step closer to figuring out Halliday s mystery And the kicker Halliday s obsession, besides video games, was the 1980s All the kids and adults alike are well versed in all things 1980s from fashion to music to games to computers These characters knowabout the 1980s than most people who lived through them Wade Watts has spent years playing through all of Halliday s favorite games and songs trying to figure out the first step When Wade figures out the first move, his name shoots to the top of a previously empty high scorers list and the world goes into a frenzy The entire rest of the book follows Wade and his fellow contestants through the game in their attempts to reach the goal first It seems like every person in the world is up against each other especially the gunters egg hunters and the sixers Corporately sponsored hunters who want to take over the OASIS for monetary gain, so called because their avatar names begin with the number 6 My adrenaline ran high for the whole book In fact, I actually kept speaking to Wade aloud Wade, what the hell are you doing You are past the first gate Pull your head out of your ass and stop spending your time at dance parties Art3mis is so much smarter than you, Wade Wade s fellow gunters include his long time online crush, Art3mis and his BFF Aech pronounced like the letter H They were seriously awesome side characters with distinct personalities, which I especially enjoyed considering I have several friends on Goodreads whom I ve never met in real life but I feel like I know pretty well view spoiler But if one of you is completely lying to me, I m a gonna be pissed hide spoiler That one star is probably misleadingI thought this was going to be a 4 5 star book for a good portion of the time I spent reading it The 80s pop culture references are so pervasive and so relevant to my life that, at times, the book felt like it been written specifically for me The love interest is described as being like Jordan, from Real Geniusc mon But.All of the Star Wars, Ferris Bueller, and Highlander references in the world can t hide that this story is at best, empty, and at worst, ugly Rote plotting, un earned dickensian coincidences, clumsy deus ex machina I still don t know how to pluralize that term , the worst kind of tokenism disguised as actually valuing diversity, a profound neglect of the complexities of the real virtual world dichotomyCline has adopted some of the style of Gibson and Stephenson, but none of the substance.In a nice manifestation of the novel s lack of self awareness, Cline at one point derides the villains of the book for simply using Johnny 5 style robots from Short Circuit instead coming up with their own design This appropriation, he explaines, demonstrates a lack of imagination, a valid criticism that only too accurately applies to the ostensible heroes of the book, as well as to Cline himself.Update The plural of deus ex machina is dei ex machinis Thanks, The Awl Back in 2011, Ready Player One was, perhaps, the year s most well reviewed book It received glowing commendations from the likes of NPR, The New York Times, Wired, John Scalzi, Patrick Rothfuss, and many, manyIt maintains a 4.3 average score on a significant accomplishment given its 20,000 reviews , and you d be hard pressed to find a negative review in any major publication.In no way can I make any sense of this Please believe what I am about to write, as it is not even close to hyperbole Ready Player One was the most disappointing reading experience of my entire life.It s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of puzzles that will yield a massive fortune and remarkable power to whoever can unlock them For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved that of the 1980s And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize.And with that, you ve just read the best that Ready Player One has to offer its synopsis.I should preface the rest of this review by stating that I am, and have always been, a geek at heart I am as much a byproduct of the 1980s as anyone I ve been a lifelong gamer, a pop culture obsessive, and I once thought I d married, for real, Princess Peach.Ready Player One has been hailed by its author, Ernest Cline, as a love letter to anyone who grew up geek, a sentiment that has been confirmed by every review, in every publication, all over the world And yet, the Ready Player One that I read was less a love letter to geeks than it was a pat on the back to an 18 year old Cline, a Stephanie Meyer eclipsing Mary Sue that attempts to justify the behavior of an overweight, socially awkward, virginal nerd.I m not being mean It s literally what it is.At its core, Ready Player One is a fairy tale, a treasure hunt Albeit, one designed by an 80s obsessed ultra nerd whose entire life was steeped in nostalgia Evidently, human creativity peaked with Zork and Legend So Wade s hunt for Halladay s easter egg is one long excuse for a constant and I do mean constant barrage of 80s references.Actually, scratch that It s not so much referencing as it is name dropping 95% of it serves no actual purpose aside from simply mentioning it At first the references reinforce the story, helping to create a framework that grounds the reader in the world Cline has created with OASIS But after the first chapter yes, the first chapter these devolve into ceaseless, meaningless throwbacks The novelty lasts all of ten minutes until you realize that it s all just an annoying form of telling, not showing.If the point is to re enact sections of DD modules and 80s cult classics, then your readers are just getting third hand retreads of things that aren t even important to begin with It s sort of like when your socially awkward friend resolutely recounts a super sweet TV show for you, word for word, and all you can do is just sit there and wait until he s finished Pay 20 for that experience and you get Ready Player One.What makes Ready Player One so disappointing is that these references seem to the be the sole purpose of Cline s writing The novel doesn t say much of anything Sure, there are a handful of introspective moments limp attempts at social commentary but they re of so little consequence they seem thrown in to fulfill some delusion of grandeur.Yes, reality really is better andmeaningful than virtual reality We ve been told this in almost every VR based story known to man And yet, that s Cline s one takeaway Oh, and you should love people for who they are on the inside, even if they have a birthmark on half their face Thanks Ernest What s confusing about the 80s obsession, though, is the fact that Ready Player One is, at best, a YA level read Cline would sit very comfortably beside the likes of Rick Riordan and Suzanne Collins Ready Player One is inelegant and shallow at the best of times, and yet, this novel is clearly targeted at the 30 year old and up crowd if you re any younger much of the subject material is simply too obscure This subject reading level conflict, then, makes the whole mess inherently problematic.And what s worst no, I haven t even gotten to the worst part yet is how the entire thing reeks of elitism Yes, you read that correctly This is a book about an overweight, unattractive, lazy, delusional, uber geek elitist, who believes truly believes that his knowledge of 80s trivia makes him superior And Cline basically affirms this Some guys buy cars, others put socks down their pants, Cline writes 80s trivia novels.There is a scene, in chapter 3, in which Wade or Parzival, as his handle goes , engages in a nerdy rat a tat tat with another OASIS player to see who hasknowledge of 80s pop culture It is the singularly most embarrassing thing I have ever read from a professional It s just this much above fan fiction Actually, fuck that I ve actually read fan fictionentertaining than this It was absolutely ridiculous.Add to all this the fact that Cline s characters are uniformly flat Wade, our narrator, is blatant author wish fulfillment and his lessons are trivial, at best His love interest is present only to represent Wade s true victory her heart The unknowable best friend who harbours a secret you ll never guess meaning, you absolutely will And the villain a one dimensional, nearly faceless corporation as uninteresting as a rival boyfriend in a John Hughes movie If it s a great book, I want to luxuriate in its greatness And if it s crap, I want it to magically transform itself into genius This book just stayed crap Amy, a reviewer on .comReady Player One exists solely to glorify hollow pop culture from the 1980s, and yet, Ernest Cline does absolutely nothing to convince the reader that the 80s were cool if he she didn t think so already The plot is overly simplistic and plods along with inevitability, making The Da Vinci Code read like a Pulitzer Prize winner Cline s hero, Wade, is the trivia equivalent of Superman, where he is so overpowered his quest becomes tedious, rather than uplifting And, at the end of the day, Wade is just an arrogant, elitist prick He describes his abject poverty and lack of real world opportunities as like being in the world s greatest video arcade with no quarters Seriously, fuck you, Wade Every time I think about this book I want to make my rating lower It started as a 2, then dropped to a 1.5, and by the end of this review I feel I have no choice but to give it a 1 I hated this book with every fibre of my being, and it escapes the dreaded 0 only because Cline managed to form actual sentences.Never again will I read Ernest Cline You can count on that. I found myself smiling frequently while reading this Willy Wonka meets The Matrix in the near future online game age I almost typed video age and that would date me back in the 1980s, but that would be OK too Like James Halliday, I was a teenager in the late eighties and so Ready Player One by Ernest Cline has a special place for me I played Dungeons and Dragons I was even dungeon master for a Tomb of Horrors campaign I played coin operated video games, I obviously dig science fiction and comics, I listened to Rush, REM and Van Halen, etc etc And for my Goodreads friends who enjoy my trivia questions, I went all out for my Ready Player One chapter after all, 80s trivia was a big part of the book and so what better tribute could I pay than to level up with a treasure load of trivia questions Cline invites us, especially those of us who were teenagers in the 80s, to geek out and it is a fun experience.Like Among Others, Jo Walton s Hugo award winning novel, part of the charm of this book is the fun nostalgia, but Cline takes it to another level as the 80s trivia is an integral part of the plot a near hopeless post cyber punk gamer punk dystopia with excellent characterization and with a very likeable cast More than this even, Cline makes an intelligent, humanistic observation about where our world is now and where it is heading with the loneliness and isolation that comes when the cyber world isinteresting, andvital, than the real world Yet Cline also makes a statement about the resiliency, tenacity and perseverance of the human sprit by demonstrating that even if the only connection two people can make is on a purely artificial and mental level, as in two people who only know each other as online avatars that genuine fellowship can still occur, that even love can bloom One of the greatest compliments that can be paid to a book is to say you could not put it down, that s how it was with Ready Player One, a very, very good read.I am stingy with my Goodreads 5 star votes, this one had my vote about a third of the way in 2018 I m weird about books and films If I have read the book first, I almost never see the film I have not seen the Steven Spielberg film and likely won t Nothing against it, I very much enjoy Spielberg s work and think it is great that this book was made into a movie but it s just me As good a story as this is, the charm and great attraction was the 80s trivia and how Cline so expertly blended a trip down memory lane with a cool SF concept. This book is a geek fantasy A nerd utopia Speaking as a formerly addicted World of Warcraft player among others , I loved it.I believe you can tell the author s passion from what he s written, and it is clear from this book that Ernest Cline is a fellow gamer and geek I salute him His ardor for games is so clearly felt within this book A fellow fangirl fanboy can sniff out a fake one like a dead fish within a Bath and Body Works ok, that may be a bad example, but you catch my drift Ernest Cline is a real deal fanboy I salute you, sir.This book is for fanboys and fangirls There are those who don t like it There are those who feel that there are needless references, inserted solely for a wink and a nudge from the author to the reader To those people, I say SO WHAT I welcomed those references It makes me feel good because I know what they are Is there something wrong with feeling good and getting an innocent giggle out of understanding a reference GSS had also licensed preexisting virtual worlds from their competitors, so content that had already been created for games like Everquest and World of Warcraft was ported over to the OASIS, and copies of Norrath and Azeroth were added to the growing catalog of OASIS planets Other virtual worlds soon followed suit, from the Metaverse to the Matrix The Firefly universe was anchored in a sector adjacent to the Star Wars galaxy, with a detailed re creation of the Star Trek universe in the sector adjacent to that. IN ONE PARAGRAPH, HE REFERENCED SO MANY THINGS THAT I LOVE How could I hate the references I have a soul I get excited, ok..So here s what I liked about this book 1 I liked the main character2 I liked the future world3 I liked the realistic feeling of an online gaming sceneWade is a good kid He s had a rough life He s depressed, but he never reaches martyr status The year after my mom died, I spent a lot of time wallowing in self pity and despair I tried to look on the bright side, to remind myself that, orphaned or not, I was still better off than most of the kids in Africa And Asia And North America, too I d always had a roof over my head andthan enough food to eat And I had the OASIS My life wasn t so bad At least that s what I kept telling myself, in a vain attempt to stave off the epic loneliness I now felt. He s nothing special He s an overweight and simultaneously malnourished kid He doesn t do too well in school He could be any of my friends who have played games.He is a nice kid He doesn t blame people for circumstances that are beyond their control It would have been the easiest thing to hate his mom for being drug addicted, yet he doesn t I never blamed my mom for the way things were She was a victim of fate and cruel circumstance, like everyone else Her generation had it the hardest She d been born into a world of plenty, then had to watch it all slowly vanish. It s a shitty world People have to survive the best way they know how, sometimes those ways are self destructive.A lot of the problems with dystopian fiction is that they re too drastic Barely 100 years into the future, the world has created a new society, etc The world in this book is set in 2044, and admittedly, it is pretty grim, but I still found it believable.There s been an energy crisis, there s global warming, civilization is decline but not completely in the shithole yet Life is crappy I ve always thought that life would be awful for my grandchildren, and this book pretty much tells it how I believe it could be And god help us if Trump is elected president.I also love Cline s explanation of the way online gaming works, down to its community He clearly knows his shit, from user names to avatars There are some funny tidbits Students weren t allowed to use their avatar names while they were at school This was to prevent teachers from having to say ridiculous things like PimpGrease, please pay attention or BigWang69, would you stand up and give us your book reportBut really, it s the nostalgia of my gaming days that clinches this book for me The online camaraderie The late nights gaming together, the bonding that takes place over Ventrilo after defeating a difficult challenge I got to know many friends whom I wouldn t ordinary have talked to in the real world It s a bonding experience that is as much a part of the game as the game itself Often, it s community that truly makes the experience memorable And yes, the online romances This book portrays all of that, and so what if it banks on my nostalgia I ll take it.Granted, it is overly long, and too detailed at times It does lack complexity, and would beof a middle grade book if not for its length and content, but overall, it was a solidly good book. For most of the first half of this book, I was unimpressed The writing was flat, and the story was unremarkable The book gets hype because of its pervasive use of 1980s popular culture, particularly its references to science fiction, fantasy, and video games The problem was that most of these references served no purpose Something would be described by pointing out its resemblance to something from a film or television show a particularly annoying form of telling, rather than showing given that a reader of the wrong age or background won t know the reference but said reference would add nothing to the events at hand Either that, or the reference would be carried to cringe worthy, fan fiction grade extremes For instance, in one scene, the online avatar of the main character, Wade Watts known online as Parzival pilots a DeLorean DMC 12 resembling the one used in the Back to the Future films, except for the addition of the computerized voice and sweeping red light of KITT from Knight Rider, a pair of Ghost Busters logos adorning the doors, and a license plate reading ECTO 88 Whether mentioned in passing or over the top like the aforementioned mash up car, however, virtually all of these allusions are brought up and then dropped in the space of a sentence The DeLorean, for example, takes up a couple of paragraphs and is then never used again Ready Player One doesn t draw from 1980s popular culture it just name drops it all over the place Sometimes it seemed the only purpose for these references was that the author and reader could share a knowing, self congratulating smile.The notion of a massively multiplayer online role playing game becoming the human race s main form of entertainment presents some amusing possibilities, though, and Ready Player One doesn t completely squander its potential The moment when I started to enjoy the book came about halfway through, in a chapter describing a day in Wade s life some time after his view spoiler break up with Art3mis Cline shows him putting his life in order, rescuing his health and habits from the pallid, flabby state a life online had put them in His avatar Parzival, previously a penniless high school student, becomes one of the coolest, most powerful characters in the OASIS But then, at the end of the chapter, in a moment of insight, Wade realizes that all the good things in his life only exist inside in a world that isn t real Despite his accomplishments, he lives alone in a featureless one room apartment, never going or even looking outside Cline takes the familiar narrative arc of, boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy falls into depression, boy turns his life around and twists it in a way that I found interesting hide spoiler