Ready Player One by Ernest Cline + 1980's TRIVIA GAME!

Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Pages: 374 pages
Published: August 16th, 2011
Source: Hardcover from Barnes & Noble
Genre: Gamer Novel, Futuristic, Pop Culture References
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 the 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.

Get it now! 

I'm going to start with a short and sweet review and then we'll get into the good and juicy part of this entire post! 

I'm finally ready to admit that I haven't read one of the most popular books in today's society. One that is known for it's renown use of 1980's decade pop culture media references and the infamous "gamer's language". To make matters worse, I've had a hard copy since last summer and I didn't have an incentive to pick it up. How stupid, I was. Ready Player One is a go-put-the-book-your-reading-now-down-and-read-this-one kind of book. It's everything of a fast-paced fiction thriller story will tickle the tummy of your inner geekiness. And if that wasn't enough, well just imagine this book as the blueprint for what society will become in a mere 50-60 years.

It's as if Ernest Cline time traveled to this destroyed,futuristic society and is chronicling his day to day events. Reading the book till the very end in one shot is unavoidable because the writing is very addictive and the chapters leave off at cliffhangers that you're basically dying to see what unfolds in the next one. The characters are like teenagers today, immersed in the life of all these games that are being created. Cline is just too good at demonstrating to the reader that  yes, in fact, the real world is scarier than the world of a game.

I can't help but get excited for a possible future with the OASIS. Of course, it would be horrible if reality became the ugly place that it was in the book but the idea of technology going as far as a "virtual reality" makes me get really excited! Anyone else agree that they would play in the world of OASIS if such a thing were possible.

Not getting into much, I don't want to take up most of this post with a review. Basically this is a book that should be on any reader's radar. Goddamn, you don't have to know anything about the 1980's decade to be able to read this book. It appeals to all geeks and nerds, which we booklovers are haha. For a fast-paced reader who's looking for an engrossing background story that comes with the plot, this book is golden and one of my top favorites of this year!

And now to test your 1980's trivia skills..

Welcome back! If you're reading this section, it means you're audacious enough to try this 1980's trivia game based on the Ready Player One book. I didn't make it to be unsolvable or even that hard but if your childhood was composed of everything that was going on in the 1980's or you're a big fan of the book, well, let's put your skills to the test! 


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  1. I am so glad that you finally read this book because now I can gush about it to you. Honestly, I was a little bit wary when I started it since I knew virtually nothing about the 80's, but now I consider myself a pro on anything 80's (which was proven by my score on your quiz). I just loved how unapologetically nerdy Ready Player One was. There were at least five pop culture references on every page, and I loved it!
    Great review, ALex!

    1. Same. I told everyone that was pushing me to read this book that I didn't know anything about the 1980's but they kept telling me I didn't need to! OMG I'm so glad u took the quiz haha it was meant to test those skills and for a lot of people who enjoyed the book! Thanks for visiting Tessa & like the ending of that book though... I did not see it happening like that.

  2. I might be the only one that hasn't read this one yet, next year. So close and so far! Loved your review :)

    1. It's okay. That was me like a few weeks before. I was so nervous that so many people were going to hate just because I didn't read it :P


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