For those of us who were born in (but technically did not grow up in the 80’s). We were exposed to a little of the nostalgia that this book highlights. consequently the book becomes an amusing little game of Spot the reference with occasional trips to YouTube to see the things you missed but you were sure were references
For the others among you who are interested in this book keep YouTube open because the references come in thick and fast
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
BECAUSE OF IT'S COVER AND STRANGE SUMMARY I'VE BEEN AVOIDING THIS BOOK FOR YEARS UP UNTIL THE MOMENT i DECIDED TO TRY THE FIRST CHAPTER, AND IT IMMEDIATELY RUSHED IT'S WAY ON MY TOP SHELF
ADVERTISER'S COVER AND PUBLISHERS SUMMARY ARE THE WORST I SEEN FOR LONG WHILE,AND YET THE BOOK IS SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY. OVER THE YEARS I READ HUNDREDS OF SCI FI BOOKS AND I HAVE NOTHING TO COMPARE IT TO.
THE ORIGINALITY IS HARD TO COME BY IN NOWADAYS
I was very disappointed when I found out that the author has only one book published.
Sci Fi Reader
This book came out of nowhere and it blew me away. Such a wonderful story. If you love the 80s and science fiction you will love this. Wil Wheaton is extraordinary. I have listened to 100s of audiobooks and this is one of my favorites. Please make this into a movie!
When I like something I'll let you know. If I don't, I'll let you know that too!
Great story, great narration. Enjoyable from beginning to end. Some of the 80's references are a little annoying and maybe obscure, but it all combines into a very savory and satisfying experience. Now that I finished this review I can start it again from the beginning. Absolutely credit worthy.
It deserves more than 5 stars! The story is out of this world awesome. If you even sorta like dorky things or have an 80's fixation, this is the story for you. Loved it! And Will Wheaton is a great narrator, who would have known? This guy needs to write more books! Do yourself a favor, download this!
Anyone who has ever taken on another persona while playing an online game or visited a virtual world on their computer will identify with this book. MMO players in particular have likely experienced the duality of the real world versus their virtual world and know the perils of living in both.
In Ready Player One technology has taken online gaming (and online experiences in general) to the next level while real life society has taken a few steps backwards. This bleak future, where many people prefer their virtual personas to their real lives, becomes the stage for the greatest easter egg hunt of all time. The creator of the Oasis (the online universe that most of the earth is addicted to) has died and left behind clues that lead to the ultimate prize: his vast fortune and control of the Oasis itself. The quest for the egg becomes a battle of David vs Goliath as millions of people try to solve the puzzle before an evil corporation bent on assuming control of the Oasis bullies their way to the solution.
Although I am not a big fan of Wil Wheaton, he is a good match for this material and he does well as the narrator. Put on your haptic suit and log into the Oasis as soon as you can.
Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.
If there's a target demographic for this book, it's people like me. I was a kid in the 1980s and an unrepentant geek who loved video games, sci-fi and fantasy novels, movies, and graphic novels. Not only that, but I became a professional videogame developer as an adult.
I was skeptical that a story centered around 80s pop culture would be anything but gimmicky. And don't get me wrong, it *is* gimmicky -- however, Ready Player One is also delightful, with endearing characters, a believably alive virtual reality world, and sinister corporate bad guys. Like one of those underdog-nerd-against-the-world 80s movies, with its thrills, setbacks, and montage-ready sequences, it calls for a big bowl of buttery popcorn. One the quest to solve billionaire James Halliday's final challenge got underway, I was hooked.
You probably *won’t* have fun if you aren’t a geek or if you belong to my parents’ generation. This book’s a love letter for Gen-X readers who grew up with Star Wars, anime, Firefly, Atari, dial-up modems, cyberpunk, the band Rush, Zork, and John Hughes movies -- and for younger ones who grew up with chat rooms, World of Warcraft, and online friendships, but feel a connection to their geek heritage.
The novel’s not all sugary confection. There’s something plausible and frightening about Cline’s grim vision of the future (energy crisis, perma-Recession, corporate indenturement), which is what gives the idea of a global obsession with shiny escapist worlds, including those from a happier past, a touch of earnest meaning. The way the world’s going now, I would be surprised if people in 2044 *didn’t* live their lives inside something like OASIS. While I don't imagine that pre-millenial pop culture will be too many people's fixation, surely some of it will still be informing whatever does exist.
This might be one of those books that requires the audio version for the full experience. Will Wheaton’s fanboyish exuberance is a perfect fit for the protagonist (and this might be the first time I’ve heard an audiobook narrator get to read a line referring to himself -- as an important political figure of the future, nonetheless).
Absolutely my favorite piece of pleasure reading this year.
This book is a great listen, especially for those of us who were teens in the '80's, but the pop culture references are well-explained enough so that it won't exclude the YA crowd. It's definitely geared more towards the geeky male, rather than the geeky female, but it's fun enough that it doesn't matter.
The book is a little predictable, but in the best possible way. I absolutely recommend it.
I loved this character! I was reluctant to try something that sounded so geek-based, but I was hooked by all the throwbacks to the 80's. I could not help loving this boy and wanting him to come out on top. The futuristic setting was totally believable, human negligence taking it's natural course paired with our dependence on technology. Don't let the setting get in your way! It's not sci-fi in the traditional sense.
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This was one of the best sci fi stories to be released so far this year.
The best part about this book might be the characters, who are really well formed and wonderful. Aech, Wade and Art3mis are all delightful & believable, and the minor characters manage to also be really believable and memorable.
The whole story went by far too quickly, I hope we see more from this author!