Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Publisher: Random House
What a really good book!
Ready Player One ended up being a love story in the middle of everything, which seemed refreshing since the entire plot wasn't revolving around it.
Wade, or Parzival, was such a sweet and humble kid. I really enjoyed his character and really appreciated his development throughout the book.
The plot was very original and unique, filled with 80's references, either about games, music, movies or TV shows. It covered everything. Even though I must admit like 80% of these references were way over my head, I cannot begin to understand the amount of research and time this book took to write.
Ready Player One covers a good part of environmental development, and it pretty much goes with what we are expecting to happen to us in the future. I found it quite interesting and also disturbing. Also I very much enjoyed experiencing one of the character's depression as something real and that usually happens: you get depressed, start disconnecting from the real world, find comfort in food and that plus limited movement leads to weight gaining - not to say that this is the way that depression works for everyone because it is not, it was just interesting to read about. I also appreciated the way this character used what he had available to try and turn things around by himself.
The OASIS itself was also incredibly interesting. They way humanity found comfort in it, rejecting almost all relationships just to be able to run away and be someone else... If there was such a thing as the OASIS I am almost sure more that 50% of the population with access to it would be there.
Still on the OASIS, it covers online friendship and the idea that you can have a true friendship or even fall in love without ever meeting the 'real' person. Though the author makes a pretty good job at making you suspect the intentions of everyone around Wade.
Almost forgot!! This book also covers homosexuality and the unfortunate reactions that some people might have when confronted with it. I must say that I didn't see it coming!
Finally the ending was really perfect. It didn't drag on or anything, it just ended simply and beautifully.