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)
Absolutely loved it! Will Wheaton did a fantastic job. Definitely worth listening to. It has great modern and classic video game, movie, and music references.
Enjoyed the book very much. It definitely is a fun story that will have you smiling and laughing. It does have the young adult vibe to it, in that there are plot points that play out exactly as you expect they would in a kids book. Also, love the 80s but at some points the references begin to get a bit dense.
Wheaton does an AMAZING job narrating it. And I appreciated some of the Easter Eggs hidden in the Audible.
It took me awhile before I fought this would be a good book and man I can't believe how fun, hilarious, and engrossing this novel was. Give it a try and you'll be hooked in 15 minutes.
I'm not a huge reader of fiction--the occasional classic piece maybe, but for my book club one of the members selected this title. I spend my days doing historical research for work, so I don;t feel like reading with my eyes when I get home. I decided to give Audible a try, and this was the first title I chose. The story line is fast paced, makes unexpected turns, and kept me engaged. It was akin to how we tend to binge watch a TV series to find out what happens next. I binge listened to the book, and I am not ashamed to admit it.
I don't read fiction, but I do see some similarities to classic SCI FI movies like Logan's Run.
He has a way of speaking for the different characters that isn't pandering, but seems to be telling the story in a genuine manner. It's like he's telling you a story, not narrating a book.
Life is not a game. OR IS IT?!
Two thumbs up!
The story takes a couple of hours to really pick up momentum. After that it really gets interesting. As you may already have gathered it is packed to the rafters with 80's nostalgia. Wil Wheaton does an acceptable job reading the book and I think was a logical choice given the root of his fame. However his range is limited as far as different voices go. I did not have trouble differentiating characters but he is no George Guidall, Jim Dale or Stephen Briggs (some of my personal favorites). If you are a gamer, child of the 80's or perhaps a sci' fi'/fantasy fan this is well worth consideration.
Ready Player One is a fun ride through a unique vision of the future. If you grew up in the 80's or 90's it's rewarding to get the constant references to these decades but the pacing of the book suffers from them. At times the story gets bogged down in the description of pop culture in the 80's. I also found it hard to sympathize with the characters at times especially Wade. On the other hand the overall story was interesting and beautifully voice acted.
The story had a little too much 80s nostalgia for me. Could have done without the detail. I also found one of the main plot point to have a major flaw that I struggled to get past.
All that said, I was entertained by the book.
From the first chapter, I was hooked. I wasn't entirely convinced that Ernest Cline had not tapped into my brain when writing this book as every obscure reference or mention of 80s pop culture had me laughing and cheering. The worst part about their book is that the story had to end! I have recommended this to a bunch of of folks. And Wil Wheaton's narration was fantastic!
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