After reading Ron’s somewhat raving review of Ready Player One, I too decided to take the journey back to the 1980s through this book.
I am a fan of dystopian future novels, the development of technology (video games included), and social critiques of our increasingly connected world. Thus I had very high expectation going into this book.
While I enjoyed this book, I did not love the book. As Ron pointed out in his review, at times the plot and dialogue seemed written by an amateur. I suppose that was because the story is told from a first-person perspective of the teenage video game/1980s obsessed main character. At any rate, the writing style constantly grated on my nerves.
What I appreciated about the book was the subtle warning about losing our real lives for the sake of digital avatars we create to our own liking. While the real world around them deteriorated, the masses escaped through the OASIS online world. This escapism problem linked to technology is nothing new, but it is increasing, pervasive, and destructive in our 21st century lives.
In a moment of clarity, the main character Wade, saw his OASIS gear for what it had become:
I’d come to see my rig for what it was: an elaborate contraption for deceiving my senses, to allow me to live in a world that didn’t exist. Each component of my rig was a bar in the cell where I had willingly imprisoned myself.