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August 9, 2017 / Heather

Player Ready

So, I’ve been listening to an audiobook lately. Not that that’s anything new to begin with, but the book I’m listening to isn’t something I’d probably have picked up on my own.


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

Like I said, not something I would normally read own my own. Catfish recommended this book to me though and he’d been on me to read it for some time. Well, one night I had an extra credit on Audible and nothing that sounded good which is usually when I look at him and ask what I should use it on.

Currently as I’m writing this I’m about halfway through the book.

I started listening to it at the end of last week.

The cover is weird and it took me a long time to really take a close look at it. Wil Wheaton narrates the audiobook and he’s awesome at narration. I think I rambled enough about him in my last blog, so I won’t do that again here. ❤

I got some nice writing done last weekend and I’m hoping to get more done this weekend. We’ll see where I get before Saturday ends. Sunday I’m aiming to have as a day of rest. And I just realized that Saturday I have plans which doesn’t sound weird to some of you, but to me sounds totally bizarre. Usually my Saturday plans (when there are any) don’t happen until the evening, but I have like… Full day plans for Saturday. Luckily I have mobile versions of my story and I can play around with it. And unlimited data so YAY for that!

Back to the book.

If you’re looking for something good to read that’s got a different flavor, check this one out. The main character is relatable, especially if you’re a nerd/geek. And sorry to those who hold a hard difference between the two, but I often use them interchangeably.

Peace for now all.

~H. R. Shavor


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