If you read my Week in Books post yesterday, you would know that I finished Ready Player One by Ernest Cline recently and totally loved it! If you haven’t read it yet, basically it’s a story set in 2044 where the reality is bleak (picture homelessness, people having no job, no food, etc), so everyone escapes to the virtual utopia known as OASIS, where basically you can go virtually anywhere to escape whatever that is happening in real life. When the creator of the OASIS died, he left his possession, which includes the ownership of the OASIS and millions and millions of dollars, to one person who could solve his quests. There are three quests all together but for years, no one seemed to be able to solve any of them… until Wade Watts. So the book revolves around Wade (or his avatar Parzival) and other characters like Aech, Art3mis, Daito and Shoto solving the quests and racing against each other and also the evil organizion IOI who wants to take over the OASIS and change things up.
The book was very good and I enjoyed it immensely! And this is coming from someone who does not even like reading this kind of thing. I’m just super amazed with all the technology that Ernest Cline wrote in the book and I kept imagining how it would translate into the movie later. Hopefully it’s going to be as amazing as I thought it would be!
Anyway, here’s one of the quotes that I like from the book. It was said by James Halliday, the creator of OASIS.
“I created the OASIS because I never felt at home in the real world. I didn’t know how to connect with the people there. I was afraid, for all my life, right up until I knew it was ending. That was when I realized, as terrifying and painful as reality can be, it’s also the place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real”
While reading the book, I remembered thinking and being scared about the future. What if the future is going to be like it was in the book, where everyone is so involved in the virtual reality that they ignored whatever that is happening in real life? In the story, Wade spent years and years studying 80’s pop culture before he could solve the first quest. Then after that, he even locked himself in his apartment to the point of painting his windows black and ordering food or things online, not having any kind of human interaction for months because he does not want the distraction. Sure, those things made life easier but to the point of being a recluse? What kind of life is that? That makes me think that even now, we have all these technology available to us, but there are times when you should just take a break and live in the real world, even for a moment.
What do you think? 🙂
(linking up @ Bookshelf Fantasies)