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. Just like the rest of society they are hooked on this virtual reality world.
When the creator of the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg which will award the finder his fortune.
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.
Science Fiction | Dystopia/Utopia | Fantasy
This is a fucking amazing book. From the perspective of a gamer girl, this is my wet dream boiled into the ideas of a books premise – there I said it. I want this to become a reality and I want to be young enough to enjoy it! Could you imagine playing World of Warcraft and actually being your Tauren Resto Druid? I would OWN the battlegrounds. Flipping own them my comrades.
OK, I digress, I suppose I should actually discuss the book, no one cares about my fantasy of WoW addictions. Lets see how much I can jam pack into this review without freaking people out…
Probably the biggest attribute that makes me so devoted to RPO is Cline’s world building skills. Humanity has created a world wide crisis and it isn’t a pretty place in the least. There is poverty and starvation causing massive decline in civilization, global warming, no oil – it is a shit hole. The world is definitely in a really grim outlook that as a reader makes it a very believable futuristic setting. The dystopian setting is so descriptive that it sets a standard of building for why OASIS is such a big part of everyday lives. The virtual world is the escape; you can go to school, work, game – it is the true form of a utopia within a world of destruction.
Not only does the outside world get its fair share of building throughout the novel but it is OASIS that obviously gets the more obliterates everything in comparison. Each time the characters are lodged into the OASIS they are faced with new situation that is just another world to add to the imagination. This is where my nostalgic self rears its book boner. Cline knows his shit when it comes to gaming. The adventures that the characters go on while in search for the Easter Eggs are nothing short of what you might expect from questing in a normal MMORPG. Not only that but the avatars, the toxic supporting cast which we all knows comes with MMO gaming platforms, the boosts to your character; it is all there.
Speaking of characters, obviously I adored Wade. He is you typical teenager thrown into a world he didn’t create yet blames no one. He is somewhat a kindred spirit throughout, I really enjoy his overall nice guy loverboy persona. This is actually what brings me to my next point that I really connected with – I loved the characters. Each character had a very simple dynamic yet with enough depth to invest with each person as they are introduced. Cline really capitalizes on the society within the game. The online camaraderie is just perfection. More than people realize is that it is the virtual world’s community that makes the experience more memorable and RPO really focuses on that with the main characters as well as the supporting cast. And yes the friendships built online were amazing dynamics to the up-build in the drama, plus the romance? Totally relatable.
Ultimately, this is a brilliant novel. This book is a solid read, world building with a certain level of easy flowing complexity in characters to keep you invested and it is down right a geek fantasy. You honestly do not have to be a geek to understand the references or rather to appreciate the premise, but you can tell Cline bled his soul into this book. His passion is across each phrase you read, he is the true geek and I salute you good sir, you are brilliant.
I highly recommend this book. Just get your hands on it to give it a go. I will be honest there isn’t much in terms of negativity I can give surrounding this novel. I loved every minute of it, from the moment I picked it up to the second I realized I wasn’t putting it down until I finished; I said it once, I say it again – This is a fucking amazing book.