Fiction Friday: “Ready Player One”

Good morning, beloved patrons of E-N Computers! First let me start by introducing myself: my name is Amelia Herring, the new Marketing Specialist here at the company. As a creative, it is my job to devise interesting content for you to read that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with IT. Hense, Fiction Friday has come about.

Every Friday, I will be partnering with a library that is serviced by E-N Computers to review a book in the Sci-Fi realm. This week, as our flag ship, we've chosen Massanutten Regional Library, with a review of the book, "Ready Player One". A fitting title to the first in a long series of book suggestions. Please enjoy!

Cline, Ernest. SCI-FI published 2011
“Ready Player One takes place in the not-so-distant future–the world has turned into a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia. People can plug into OASIS to play, go to school, earn money, and even meet other people (or at least they can meet their avatars), and for protagonist Wade Watts it certainly beats passing the time in his grim, poverty-stricken real life.

Along with millions of other world-wide citizens, Wade dreams of finding three keys left behind by James Halliday, the now-deceased creator of OASIS and the richest man to have ever lived. The keys are rumored to be hidden inside OASIS, and whoever finds them will inherit Halliday’s fortune. But Halliday has not made it easy. And there are real dangers in this virtual world. Stuffed to the gills with action, puzzles, nerdy romance, and 80s nostalgia, this high energy cyber-quest will make geeks everywhere feel like they were separated at birth from author Ernest Cline.”

If you're thinking, "Wait a minute...isn't this a movie?", yes! In 2018, Steven Spielberg brought to life this tumultuous tale, featuring beloved nostalgic characters such as Iron Giant. While the screen brings to life the story in a new way, we of course recommend reading the original first, which was written in 2011. The book can be found on Amazon and all major book stores. Go get it!

This article was written in association with the Massanutten Regional Library, and Maria Krizansky, Onsite IT Coordinator.