Some books challenge you as a read, pushing you to expand your mind. Some books are like movie theatre popcorn - once you've picked it up, you can't put it back down until the bag is empty.
I imagine there are a lot of people for which Ready Player One is simply the latter - a fun, enjoyable read. The pacing is good, the characters and story arc move at a pace that make it an obvious choice to translate to a big screen movie.
But for geeks of my age, Ready Player One is more. It is a carefully curated, fanatically researched book designed to tickle all the right spots. I imagine that there is perhaps a 10-year time frame of age where this book is a wistful remembrance as much as a work of fiction.
If you cut your teeth on Atari video games and played Pac Man, Joust and a million other games in the arcade, spent countless hours rolling multisided dice with your geeky friends in high school, this book is less a piece of fiction and more of a homage to your memories.
For me, this was the perfect popcorn book - hooks you from the outset, easy easy to read and fun from beginning to end. Thumbs up, recommended. I'm looking forward to the upcoming movie.
Since I wrote this post, there's been a fair bit of discussion online about the protagonist being a sexist prick. To be honest, other than being an overly obsessed geek that is the 'target profile' of the billionaire who has left his money behind, the protagonist doesn't really have a lot to cause you to find empathy with him. You get caught up in the story not because you like the character, but because of pace, timing, etc.