Ready Player One Review

Gaston Walker, Staff Writer

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Ernest Cline is an American novelist, a slam poet and a screenwriter. He is known for writing the books Ready Player One and Armada. He was also the coworker with Steven Spielberg in Ready Player One. Ready Player One is a science fiction novel. It takes place in the year 2044.Wade Watts lives in stacks in Columbus, Ohio with his Aunt Alice. He plays a virtually reality game called OASIS. The game was created by James Halliday who announced on his deathbed that he had left something called an Easter egg inside OASIS.

For a player to find the egg they must find three keys called the Copper, Jade, and Crystal keys to unlock three gates. The first person to find the Easter egg would get Halliday’s massive fortune and own entire corporation of OASIS. It was five years after this announcement. Wade’s name on OASIS is called Parzival. He is an egg, or “gunter.”

Parzival discovered all of the location of the Copper key in the Tomb of Horrors, a recreation of a Dungeons and Dragons module. He defeats Acererak wins the Copper Key after he got the key Parzival name was on the top of the leaderboard. Wade is able to make a profit through the game by endorsing virtual products. This gets the attention of another gunter, a female named Art3mis. Parzival completes the Copper Gate through a series of puzzles from many other real-world video game and movie references. The attendance brings in another person called Art3mis. Art3mis and Aech, Wade’s friend, both also make it through the gate. Unfortunately, a multinational corporation, Innovative Online Industries in short term IOI also notices Wade. The head of operations, Nolan Sorrento, sends Wade an email, offering him a job to help IOI find the Easter egg. Wade refuses. Sorrento offers him five million dollars to tell him where the first key and lock are; again, Wade refuses the offer. Nolan Sorrento made the trailer where Wade and his aunt live is blown up under the guise of a meth lab explosion. Wade narrowly escapes, but his aunt does not. After Wade’s house was blown up he goes undercover, changing his name to Bryce Lynch and moving to Columbus, Ohio, near the IOI headquarters. He tries to ask Art3mis out on a date, but she refuses. Five months pass, Parzival is estranged further from Art3mis and Aech, and no one has made any progress. Then Art3mis finds the Jade Key, and Parzival quickly plays a perfect Pac-Man game, but is disappointed when he earns a regular quarter as his prize.

Aech tells him of a hint that leads Parzival to the planet Frobozz. In a quick turn of events, IOI begins tracking Art3mis and Aech, and successfully unlocks the Jade Gate, finding the Crystal Key before anyone else. IOI throws another of Wade’s friends, Daito, out of his real-life apartment building, killing him. Parzival unlocks the jade Gate in an effort to Blade Runner.  He tells his friends of his discovery, just as Sorrento publicly announces the location of the Crystal Gate, and his heavy defense surrounding it. Wade goes undercover to infiltrate IOI, disguising his avatar and using black market passwords and security exploits to hack the company’s system. He finds damnable evidence, including footage of Daito’s murder, the attempt on his own life, and future plans to kill his other friends. He is able to escape, and the group plans a gathering of avatars to take IOI down. Acererak calls them in OASIS in the basement and gave them all a private jet to meet him in Oregon. Wade meets Aech in real life and Wade realized that Aech is a girl.

Wade is able to use his tech skills through Parzival to hack IOI’s system and bring down their defenses surrounding the Crystal Gate. An epic battle ensues. Parzival unlocks the gate, but IOI uses an item called a Catalyst to destroy everything: the castle, the gate, and all the avatars. Parzival, though, has an extra life from the perfect game of Pac-man. Sorrento is arrested, and the friends wake up together in Oregon. Wade and Art3mis finally meet in person. He thinks she is beautiful, just as he thought she would be, and the two kiss.

My opinion on Ready Player is that it is a great book for someone to read. It is action past kind of book. A lot of people will like it if they like 80s video games and 80s movies.