Ready Player One by Ernest Cline deservingly wins the title of “sci-fi thriller of 2018”. On par with The Hunger Games and Divergent, Ready Player One takes us into a dystopian future as we follow an underdog hero to follow the obstacle prone path to fight to let justice prevail.
The world of Ready Player One splits reality into two dimensions, who you are in “real life” and who you are in the OASIS, the digital simulation world. The OASIS is essentially an augmented reality world people log into and navigate by wearing special goggles. From magical abilities to superpowers, players have the ability to be whoever they want to be in the OASIS. When the creator of OASIS James Halliday died, he released that he had hidden four “easter eggs” into the system. Whoever finds the easter eggs and wins the “tasks” associated with them will become the heir to his company and own the OASIS.
Enter Wade Watts, a teenager who is finishing his senior year of high school in the OASIS. As a kid with no family, little money and few friends, Wade dedicates his life to learning everything about Halliday and the OASIS in order to find the easter eggs and win Halliday’s fortune.
While Ready Player One isn’t as radical as Kurt Vonnegut novels, it’s still a thrilling read. The story takes place in a run-down dystopian America, but it is painted with classic 80s references from works like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Star Wars and Freddie Krueger that add a sense of nostalgia.
Ready Player One the movie was recently released this year, and directed by Steven Spielberg who is interestingly enough often mentioned in the book as an homage to the 80s. Whether you watch or read Ready Player One, a thrilling trip into the OASIS is guaranteed.
Jessica Kukla is a senior studying professional writing and minoring in documentary production. Outside of class, you’ll find her listening to podcasts, and tweeting at celebrities like they’re friends. You can follow her on Twitter at @jesskuks.