Shelf Aware - Ready Player One

Originally published 11/14/11

Did you love the 80's? Do you like MMORPG's?

If you answered yes to both questions you should stop reading this immediately and go read Ready Player One.

If you're not into MMORPG's (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games, like World of Warcraft or EverQuest) this book may not be entirely lost on you. As long as you have a basic understanding of what they are, or at least a point of reference to other virtual worlds like Second Life or PlayStation Home, you should be fine.

If you answered no to the 80's nostalgia then this book is most definitely not for you. In Ready Player One a rich software designer dies and leaves the clues to his fortune in an MMORPG called OASIS. It's similar to Daniel Suarez' Daemon in premise, except replace killer robots in the real world with killer humans in a virtual one. Confused? That's OK. Beneath the mountain of 80's references and nerd lore, Ready Player One is actually a pretty straight-forward quest story when you get right down to it.

Just like the 80's this book wasn't the greatest but ended up growing on me and just like the 80's I'm going to miss it now that it's over.

But you don't have to take my word for it (Da-Dum Dum)!