Exuberant and clever. Ready Player One is a thriller/quest fueled by a fiery passion for 80's videogaming and pop culture.
Not being a big gamer myself (and having just missed the 80's), I hesitated to pick this one up. I shouldn't have worried. Even non-gamers will be able to appreciate the imagination, humor, tension, and excitement in Ready Player One - the 80's trivia is just a bonus for those in the know.
Even though it gleefully embraces the tropes of sci-fi and fantasy novels before it (the lonely nerd, evil mega-corporations, a questing band of misfits, etc.), the book feels fresh and keeps the reader on their toes up until the very end.
Great literature this is not. A perilously good time this is. "Look, let me go back in there and face the peril!"