Ready Player One

Since my mother passed away a couple of weeks ago, the house has been so quiet. At first I listened to music while I was cleaning up or cooking but that didn’t work to quiet the restlessness after a few days. Then, I watched this show on PBS called, “The Great American Read.” It is a contest of sorts to determine which of 100 books is America’s favorite. One of the books mentioned was, “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline. The short version of the story is it is about a teenage boy named Wade who is on a quest to find something in a vast virtual universe. I had bought the book for my Kindle months ago but had never started it, not even after seeing the commercials for the motion picture version. Seeing it on this list however, peaked my interest, so I also decided to buy the Audible version of it. Seeing that it was narrated by actor Wil Wheaton excited me. I have been a fan of his since he played Wesley Crusher on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and he is one of the people who has made being a nerd “cool.” What’s odd though is that I’ve never really been able to get into audiobooks in the past, they usually put me to sleep. But this one, I’ve been hooked since chapter one. The focus on the 1980s is what drew me in since that’s when I grew up. I’m almost halfway through and I only started it a few days ago because it is just so good! It is predictable at times but there is such wit and cleverness that it makes up for it. Mr. Cline definitely did his homework when writing it. And Wil Wheaton’s narration captures the mood of the book perfectly. I really can’t wait to see what direction the story goes in and how it ends.