When I first read the premise of Ready Player One I immediately jumped to the conclusion that it would be nothing but a mediocre copy of Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, one of my beloved favorites. However, the stellar reviews (how could I not read a book described as a "nerdgasm"?) and the curious focus on 80s pop culture was enough to get me to place a hold. I'm so happy I did! If someone had told me that there was a book that was one part Snow Crash, one part Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and one large part a nostalgic trip through the video games, tv shows, movies and music of the 80s, I'd have been highly skeptical. Happily, this book delivered all those elements as well as some likeable characters and a fantastic, yet realistic world. Highly recommended for those interested in video games, the 80s and the role of technology in society.