Ready Player One

Ernie Cline’s Ready Player One deserves to be on everyone’s actual bookshelf. It’s that good.

Here’s a summary of what you learn in chapter one: Imagine Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg becomes an actual trillionare, loses his mind and becomes a recluse, and pledges his entire fortune to whoever can find his video game’s “easter egg”. All this in a world whose physical reality has tanked due to global warming and massive oil shortages.

This book moves at a nice clip and is loaded with jokes about Xyzzy and early Apple computers, and Warcraft. It’ll make a great movie if someone like Alfonso Cuaron on Ron Moore would direct it.

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