Ready Player One Ernest Cline Book Review

I feel like Ernest Cline went through my brain and picked out all of the things I find to be cool and put them in Ready Player One: quests, video games, the 80s, David vs. Goliath, and the list goes on. If you want to read a book where upon closing it you think that was EPIC –Ready Player One is THE book to pick up.

Ready Player One Ernest Cline Book Cover

Ready Player One (I like this cover MUCH MORE than the orange one)

The year is 2044. Life pretty much sucks for everyone.  There’s an energy crisis. Housing is crowded. Jobs are hard to find. Most people forget the trouble around them by escaping into OASIS, a virtual reality created by James Halliday.  When Halliday dies, he has no heir to leave his billion dollar empire to, and instead creates a quest – the first person to clear three gates and find the Easter egg left by Halliday – who leaves clues related to the 1980s- wins the empire.

Look, if you loved The Westing Game as a kid, chances are you’ll enjoy Ready Player One as they have a similar concept – but different executions. Wade ‘Parzival’ Watts, a young gamer, is the main character of Ready Player One. He is a bit of an underdog, with self deprecating humor, yet one can’t help but root for Wade as he clears various gates in his race for the egg against other gamers and an evil corporation known as IPO and their paid gamers, the sixers, aka sux0rs.

Ernest Cline’s debut is a thrilling ride, one that rarely slows in pace. Every time a new key or gate is discovered, when wade gets closer to finding the egg – it’s exciting. Even though the book takes place in the OASIS, a virtual reality, Cline’s descriptions make this vicarious experience come alove.

Ready Player One is recommended if you’ve ever felt like a nerd, if you’ve ever cheered for the little guy, if you think of the 80s with nostalgia. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is an epic debut -I can’t wait for Cline’s next book.

Disclosure: Vine provided my review copy.

Other reviews of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline:

Forever Young Adult
The Book Swarm
Hitting On Girls In Bookstores
Book Journey

The following two tabs change content below.
April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Latest posts by April (Books&Wine) (see all)

About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. This looks like the perfect book to read WITH my husband! (And I’m always looking for one of those – but I think he’d really enjoy it.)

    Besides, I am definitely a nerd, and I definitely like 80’s Nostalgia!!
    Jac @ For Love and Books recently posted..Review: Yours to Keep by Shannon StaceyMy Profile

  2. 80s? Mystery? Egg hunts? I am so there! I’ve never read The Westing Game though I’ve heard much about it. Now I’ve got another going on my TBR,
    Bri Meets Books recently posted..In My MailboxMy Profile

  3. I can’t wait to read this. It seems like it has everything I love…80’s, nerds and underdogs. <— I'm suddenly reminded of The Revenge of the Nerds.
    Melissa @ Coffee, Books and Laundry recently posted..Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren OliverMy Profile

  4. I adored this book–passed it on to some friends and even got it for my brother for Christmas. Loved the 80’s references and I really want to spend some time in Wheadonverse. And maybe the disco world.
    Mary @ Book Swarm recently posted..Speed Date with Phoebe: CALLUM by Melissa SchroederMy Profile

  5. This sounds really interesting, but I have absolutely no 80s knowledge. I feel like me reading this would be like a 2000s baby reading The Future of Us.
    Meghan recently posted..[review] Like Water in Chocolate by Laura EsquirelMy Profile

  6. Oh hey, I didn’t even THINK of comparing this one to The Westing Game (probably because it’s been so so long since I read it I barely remember it), but good call! I loved the hunt, and all of the amazing references in this book. I was a little let down by the world building, which I felt was pretty weak. Still, I’ve made pretty much ALL of my in-their-30s gaming guy friends read this book, and they’ve all loved it!
    Heidi recently posted..Review: Scarlet by A.C. GaughenMy Profile

    • See, I read the Westing Game like a year or two ago so it’s really fresh in my brain. (LOVE THAT BOOK).

      Also? I loved the hunt and quest too.

      Yeah, I need to start pushing this on my friends who enjoy gaming.


    1. I always feel like a nerd.
    2. I always cheer for the little guy.
    3. 80s FOREVER.
    Lisa recently posted..The Book SeerMy Profile

  8. I’m too young for the 80s, but I do enjoy being a nerd 😛 Sounds like a good read. I’ll definitely be adding it to my TBR.
    Jasmine Rose recently posted..The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter {Review}My Profile

  9. I started reading this and just didn’t like it. I was completely turned off by the MC whose name is escaping me right now. I stopped reading it probably right before the action started, but I think I’m okay with that—the ’80s references started to get to me.

    • Awwww. That sucks that Ready Player One didn’t work for you. I know with other books, pop culture references totally annoy me, but for RPO it just worked, at least for me.

  10. Wow, I love that cover way more too. Why go with the ugly orange when this one speaks to the book?

    I loved this book so much! I listened to it on audio and Wil Wheaton was the reader and he was so so fabulous!

  11. Ooooo it almost sounds like Willy Wonka for the digital age! When kids worship video games more than chocolate 🙂 Sounds really interesting, I’ll keep an eye out for it.
    Sarah recently posted..Tell me what you think.My Profile

  12. Totes loved this book. Pop culture references for the win!
    Christina (A Reader of Fictions) recently posted..Yesterday’s Child – Patti ScialfaMy Profile


  1. […] April @ Good Books and Good Wine (she compared it to The Westing Game) Share this:ShareFacebookStumbleUponTwitterEmailPrintDiggRedditLike this:LikeBe the first to like this. […]

%d bloggers like this: