And that’s pretty much where I am right now. Wade has beaten the first gate (clue), along with 4 others – Aech, his best friend on the Oasis; Art3mis, the girl (maybe? There is speculation she may be a 63 year old man named Chuck) of Wade’s dreams; and two Japanese brothers…. IOI is after him, but beating the first gate, first, has its perks and Wade is determined to evade them.
I must say, Ernest Cline has written a great story. I do have a few minor issues – mostly I find that Wade doesn’t really talk like an 18 year old boy… but I have been informed that this is probably since the story is told as reminiscence, so he’s really speaking from whatever age he actually is… I’ll buy this – but it doesn’t really matter as it is not affecting my enjoyment of the book at all. I think the thing that I am appreciating the most about this right now is how accessible the writing is. I am not sure what genre I would categorize this book under, but probably mild cyberpunk? A genre that I have tried many times before and it can be hard! Cline is writing about the future, which means that a lot of the tech he talks about does not really exist yet (although it pretty much does…. Oculus Rift anyone?) and he does a brilliant job of explaining it in a way that I can visualize pretty easily. He doesn’t get too extravagant in making up new tech – it’s only 30 years away after all – but just seems follows the natural progression that technology is already taking. We’ve heard of most of the stuff he mentions, or at least we’ve heard of something like it.
It was easy for me to match a tea with Ready Player One - Read My Lips from David's. Its little bit sweet and a little bit spicy, but more importantly - It has little red candy lips, which totally remind me of the hot lips candy and my childhood. Appropriate for this story, I believe!