Read Player One is a novel that tells a story of a future human civilization where people play a hyper-realistic video game called OASIS to escape the terrible reality of real life. This future civilization is plagued with issues of overpopulation, unemployment, and energy shortages. I think that this is a very likely future for humanity because as virtual reality technology advances, the more immersive it will become. Since many people struggle to cope with living in today’s society, they may use virtual reality as an escape from the real world. I think that the message this novel tells is a very important one, since overpopulation is a very real problem and that as long as the human population continues to grow, the worse social problems will become, eventually driving people to extremes to avoid these problems. At the end of the story, the two main characters are faced with a dilemma of choosing between eternal life in the digital world or they could use their fortune earned in completing a challenge in OASIS to make world peace. In the end, the main characters imply that they would never log back into OASIS again. I think that no matter how hard you try to avoid it, you will have to face reality eventually and it is better sooner than later to face it.

I rated this book a 10/10 because of how well it relates to the modern day gamer, since it uses relevant terminology. I think that it also relates to the 80’s craze for video games, since it was when video games really caught onto the public and everybody was playing them. I think that this book represents people wanting to do something that they could not do in real life virtually and allows them to compete virtually.

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