What did I think?
This was such an incredibly fun and clever book. Even though it contains plenty of references to the popular culture of the 80s I am pretty sure you will enjoy the ride even though you don't get most of them. I was born in 1980 and I got some of the movie and TV-references but video games have never been one of my biggest interests. I think if you have some nerdy bones in your body, know what it`s like to be obsessed or really into different popcultural phenomenas you will understand. You might say that Ernest Cline get's to the inner nerd in you:-) What impresses me the most about this book are all the details and that it`s so thoroughly done and still so entertaining and thrilling. I have to say the book didn`t capture me instantly but it definitely did eventually. It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much and it's such a great feeling when that happens. I didn't want it TO end but still I had to know HOW it ended as soon as posible. I also found myself beeing really into the main character Wade and the group of friends he makes during the hunt even though he`s never met them face to face.
Social criticism or pure entertainment?
Ready Player One has everything a novel that`s primary goal is to entertain should have; friendship, a love story, excitement and humour. Compared to many other dystopian novels it doesn't feel as a society gone wrong is a main issue here, more the background of the story being inside OASIS. There are som social criticism in the book, both environmental and about not being present in the real world, living your life online, not having to face reality as I guess more and more people do. OASIS seems very compelling to the reader but on the other hand you see that it's not real, and that it can never replace real human contact. But mostly I think Ready Player One is just a refreshingly fun tribute to geekyness and pop culture. I don't miss more criticism or debth because Ernest Cline does what he knows best and loves the most. His passion shows through the whole book and is a big part of what makes this work so well.
It's not really a YA-book but it received the YALSA Alex-award in 2012, an award given to books written for adults with special appeal to young adult readers. In my opinion this could just as well have been published as a YA-book but then it probably would have been lost for many of the adult readers. Hopefully it won`t be lost for all the YA-readers.
Gift from the norwegian publisher Vendetta.