Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

This is the book on which Spielberg’s film of the same name is based. It’s a post environmental apocalyptic world where the poor are poorer and the rich and richer. Most people escape reality by spending all their time in a virtual reality. One of the founders of that virtual reality (VR) has died, and left a will that passes on control of the VR and immense wealth to the first to find their way to where he has hidden a series of three keys and one door. Our hero is one of the many trying to secure that prize against big corporate baddies.

The book is jam packed of 70s and 80s cultural references – pop music, TV, and – of course – video games. You don’t need to get these references, but for sure it helps.

The writing doesn’t get in the way of the story, and there are enough twists and turns to keep your interest up. In short, very enjoyable, but not everyone’s cup of tea.

Incidentally, I have read the book and seen the film. Thankfully, I read the book first. Why? The film is awful. I would never have bothered with the book based on the film.