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 2044, 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 10,000 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 20th 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?
©2011 Ernest Cline (P)2011 Random House Audio
"Ready Player One is the ultimate lottery ticket." (New York Daily News)
“An exuberantly realized, exciting, and sweet-natured cyber-quest. Cline’s imaginative and rollicking coming-of-age geek saga has a smash-hit vibe.” (Booklist)
"This adrenaline shot of uncut geekdom, a quest through a virtual world, is loaded with enough 1980s nostalgia to please even the most devoted John Hughes fans… sweet, self-deprecating Wade, whose universe is an odd mix of the real past and the virtual present, is the perfect lovable/unlikely hero.” (Publishers Weekly)
There where some parts that I struggled to get through, but the narrator and the plot are engaging, and memorable.
Also the dialogue is filled with so many cheesy lines from the 80s and bbs / forum etiquette that it's hard to take seriously at first
the research to back the storyline was incredible. recalling Ali the old games brought back memories of my childhood. I'm glad I read it and am k going to try to verify some of the game tricks. i definitely recommend this book
I'm an odd combination of "really sweet" and "don't mess with me". Sometimes I'm funny.
It's like... If Charlie And The Chocolate Factory married The Matrix in an '80s themed wedding and lived in Panem. Thrilling and captivating story that paid the ultimate homage to 80s culture (I know, because I was there. It was perfect.)
Several times while listening, I'd find myself audibly reacting --surprise, joy, fear-- to what was happening to the characters. For this reason, I caution you against listening while at Starbucks. (They get testy when a patron with headphones in suddenly yells, "Noooooooo!")
When the book ended -- GAME OVER -- I made the decision to listen again... I want to keep playing.
This is a must read for anyone born in the late 60s early 70s. It's not often that I come across a book that can't be put down these days. Warning: before reading make sure you have nothing else to do over the next couple of days. Wil Wheaton does such an amazing job, he takes an already great book and make it exceptional.
This is a one time listen in my opinion, because there are so many twists and turns. If you listened to it a second time, you would already know what is going to happen, and that would ruin the fun.
I haven't listened to Wil Wheaton before, but at least he didn't make the creepy female voice that other narrators some times fall in to. This was a well read and entertaining book.
Growing up with computer games in the 1980s - you can't help but relate to this book while completely nerd-ing out.
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