What an absolute joy to read.  Ready Player One is a pop-explosion.  All the things one could love to remember about the 80’s (give or take five years both ways) is in almost every page of this book.  Chock full of references of music, movies and of course video games, Ready Player One catapults readers into an age where nostalgia can save lives.  The last time I read a book with this many references was The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, now RPO is no Brief Life but it’s still loads of fun.  While Oscar Wao reference drops needs full on access to sci-fi/fantasy wikis, RPO lets the reader know exactly what is being referenced and that’s okay based upon what the author is setting up.  In RPO, the nostalgia is used as fact based information wheras in Oscar Wao the sly references are used to fully encapsulate the obscurity in which the character is ostracized by and ultimately is consumed by.
Ready Player One makes some light comments about our current situation (globally, financially, politically etc) but is not heavy handed in it’s voice and is ultimately a love letter not only to a generation but of how enjoyable escapism can be but how true life is to be lived more-so.

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