Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline

  • Release Date: 2011-08-16
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4.5
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Description

The bestselling cult classic—soon to be a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

It’s the year 2045, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.  

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape. 
 
A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

Reviews

  • Perfect Book

    5
    By falcore80
    If you game, you'll love this story...
  • Fun Stuff

    4
    By Abstraction9876
    Ready Played One is fun geeky stuff. A book that strings all those fun tropes we all love about the awkward hero and gang of misfits who join up and take it to the man. Awesome read, probably material that will overshadow the 2018 movie adaptation.
  • Totally fun

    5
    By Rpkpm
    Very enjoyable. Couldn’t put it down.
  • Meh...

    2
    By whatsupfagans
    The writing is okay, the characters are uninviting, and the story is one big cliche. The nostalgia is fun, but it gets heavy handed at times.
  • Amazing

    5
    By ace dog
    I read the paper back and can't wait to get this on my phone hands down one of my favorite books of all time
  • So much fun!

    5
    By To hard to level
    This book is so much fun to read. My wife and I both have a copy and read it together. We stop at each chapter and talk about it. I love how each chapter ends on a cliff hanger and makes it so hard to put down.
  • Amazing!

    5
    By Mjsunny
    WOW!! Such a great book! If you love the 80's, this book is for you!
  • Ready player one

    5
    By sg187rider
    Great book ...page turner ...I re read because it was that good
  • Loved it!

    5
    By FoxBravo206
    Great ride through and througb
  • Ready for the film

    5
    By Kevhuck
    I really enjoyed this book. It was a great story and I was hooked from the start. When it ended I was like "No! I need more! MORE!!!"

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