A tech company holds more sway than the government and an online world has become everyone’s new reality. Sound like some sort of prophecy? Maybe, but this is also the setting of Ready Player One, a sci-fi adventure book by Ernest Cline that paints a grim dystopian future based in an escapist virtual reality. After a heavy-handed opening of atheistic and nihilistic worldview preaching, you’ll find an intriguing story.
The real lure of this book is the fact that the world of Ready Player One is fashioned by a creator obsessed with 1980s pop culture. In tandem with the current phenomenon of 80s pop culture love, we find this new reality, The Oasis, instantly familiar. In fact, the main character, Wade Watts, a.k.a. Parzival, becomes an online hero because of his hardcore nerd love for the decade’s pop culture. (In all fairness, I would geek out over my decade too if a billion dollar fortune was within my grasp if I could name an obscure video game reference.) But I digress. With the movie set to open on March 30, here’s why you really should consider reading this book before the movie is released.