The first novel I read this year is this sci-fi fiction called “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline. It has been a long time since I read my last sci-fi book, I do not even remember the last sci-fi book I read. But this book is a stunner. It is unputdownable from the first word and I could think about nothing but the book all the 5 days I was reading it. It is phenomenal.
There is a very, very rich guy called James Halliday who is practically a genius. He created a virtual reality simulation called the OASIS, which is used by everyone since a child is born to his last breath. The day James died, a message was sent out to every person alive on the planet, citing that there is an Easter Egg in the OASIS and whoever finds it will gain possession of the OASIS and all of James’s wealth. All hell breaks loose as millions of people start searching for the egg like fanatics.
Our protagonist, Wade is a cliched, poor teenager suffering, as the innumerable other people due to the energy crisis in the year 2040. The lead character is very unique as he has a dual personality – one in the OASIS and the other in real life, both of them quite different from one another. Another thing which I like about this book is the rapid change in the nature of the relationship of Wade with the others. The story takes many turns and has an adventure element, suspense, romance (a bit of it) and moreover, a good story base.
The book is full of references to the 80s as it was the year James was a teen. Even though I was born much later than that I did not feel even a bit ousted or alienated. The book is one of the best of its kind and I recommend it for any tech lovers/video game enthusiasts or people born in the 70s or 80s.
Steven Spielberg has a movie of the same name, released in 2018 which I am planning to watch as it came out on Prime Video just a few days ago. Except it to be as good as the book, especially coming from Spielberg.
P.S. The second book I am reading this year is “The Partner” by John Grisham