Sunday, August 26, 2012
READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline
If you follow me on Facebook, you know I've been yammering feverishly about the book READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline.
YOU GOTTA READ IT, y'all.
(And, no, that's not grammatically correct, if you're one of my students creeping on my blog, but when you're as awesome as me, you can break the rules and get away with it. Not unless you're me, though.)
My mom suggested the book about a week ago, and it sounded so good I downloaded it right away. She described it using comparisons like Ender's Game, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, with a dash of World of Warcraft. And I was all like, "Heck yes!"
The premise is that the world is falling apart (dystopian crap, yada yada yada), but there's this cool internet-like cyberspace called OASIS where you can plug in and actually travel to all these different worlds and do basically whatever you want. So everyone ignores the real world (because it's so depressing) and spends all their time online.
And there's this multibillionaire who created the OASIS, as well as a bunch of videogames, and he decides to create one last epic game for people to play when he passes away. The winner will receive all of his fortune and power. The best part is that he's laced the game with all of these cool eighties pop culture references, like Better Off Dead and Contra.
Reading this book made me miss playing WoW, guys. I was THISCLOSE to downloading it on my new computer this morning after finishing the book, but somehow I refrained.
Seriously. Read this book.
Oh also also I just hit 30k on my new project and don't completely hate it! Wheeeeee!!!!