Ready Player One

Ready Player One - US CoverI just finished reading Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, which was a very enjoyable experience. This science fiction book, set in the year 2044, follows the main character’s adventures through a virtual universe as he competes in a contest that would make the winner one of the most powerful people in the world.

Ready Player One was especially fun to read because the entire book is packed with nostalgic references to the 1980s (and other recent decades). They range from pop culture icons like Back to the Future and Dungeons and Dragons to obscure trivia that I never heard of before. And since the references are integral to the plot line, it does not come off as gratuitous or unnecessary.

Right after I finished the book I thought, “I’d be surprised if this doesn’t become a movie.” Not only have the rights already been purchased, but Steven Spielberg is signed on to be the director, some of the cast have been announced, production should have already started, and a release date has been set (March 30, 2018).

If you have not already read this book, I highly recommend reading it before the movie comes out!