READY PLAYER ONE is an 80s cyberpunk re-skin Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. This is interesting because aside from using "World of Imagination" in the movie trailer and the Washington Post quote above, I don't recall seeing many reviews of the book bringing up the fact it's the same story: an eccentric billionaire with a beloved franchise leaves said franchise as well as his wealth to the person who can pass his peculiar tests. Except, in this case, it's not a chocolate factory but a virtual reality equipped version of the internet he owned lock, stock, and barrel.
Dogs and cats living together.. mass hysteria!
When a book starts with a famous quote from a favourite character from one of my favourite movies in the early 80s, I knew I was in for a wild ride. And I was not disappointed as this was one highly entertaining, fun and addictive read.