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)
In reading the other reviews I was expecting more of a general 80s nostalgia. This book, first of all, takes place entirely in the future and the 80s nostalgia is very, very specific and will appeal most strongly to men who were teens during the early 80s. Bonus points if you were also a geek.Don't get me wrong, I loved this book. Some of the gamer references got past me, but none of the music or film homages did. My point is that this one isn't for all 80s lovers as the gaming aspect overrides all others.Wil Wheaton did a spectacular job. Other actors could learn a lot from his subtlety and skill (yes, I'm talking to you, Craig Wasson.)
Wil Wheaton really brings the character to life. He reads the story with such passion it's impossible not to fall in love with the characters and the story that unfolds.
The references to "geek" culture from years past are front and centre in this novel. Any self proclaimed geek who grew up in the 80s with video games and sci-fi will instantly feel right at home. It could feel a little exclusionary if you don't understand the references, but there's still a solid story at heart once those references are stripped away.
I have listened to a few audiobooks narrated by Wheaton. This is, by far, his best work. He comes across as someone having a fantastic time narrating the story for the listeners.
Remember the 80's? We do.
If you like games, classic sci-fi, the 80's, and anything in between, you will probably enjoy this book.
If you were male and between 10 and 20 in the 80's then you are going to love this book. By far one of the best I have listened to! Well worth a credit!! I would rate this book in the top 3 of the 200 or so audio books I have listened to in the last 5 years...its that good.
It was enjoyable through and through (with only a couple exceptions). Great adventure.
Great book, great narration. Only issue is there is pointless section about masturbation that really adds nothing to the story and some language that would make this book not suitable for some.
Best book ever.
A fusion of 80’s pop culture, movies, music, video games, and computers blended into a suspenful narrative.
I don't even care if you buy it from Audible!!! Get a braille copy of the book, have a friend email you one word per day, just read it!!!
When this book brought up the game [spoilers], the first game I ever, ever remember playing, I collapsed onto the hood of my car and wanted nothing more than to lay there for an hour, just being happy. The end of this book goddamn compelled me to walk out into the middle of a grassy lot and gaze up at the stars. The characters in this book helped me to beat back the social anxiety I've been locked behind for a decade.
The premise of a vast, imaginative virtual world fused with a pop culture obsession are explored in a mountain of ways; right up until the very end I was impressed with how inventive Cline got figuring out different aspects of his own universe. The characters walking through this world are vibrant, struggling, flawed, and creepy and I want to know more and more about every one of them. Cline weaves his plot out of uncountable threads but neither fails to wrap up the ones that need closure nor provides needless answers to questions designed to make us wonder.
I don't know if this book will inspire you. I know that it inspired and still inspires me - and that I want all of you to read it for yourselves.
Great sci-fi story that will make anyone that grew up in the '80s smile. Not the most complex story line but I enjoyed every minute of it. Great imagery. Good narration.
Fun Retro 80's
I thought it was great with Wil Wheaton's guest appearance on Big Bang and the fact that he is referred to in the book is cool
The story is fast paced and fun, the 80's references are interestingly relevant and fun. There is controversy and true questions about how we see ourselves. Even if you were not an 80's geek you will find this story a great read.
Indiana Jones for Gamers
The representations of the Oasis
...The main character. Wil did an amazing job reading
yes... If only there was the time
The book is for any gamers out there, especially if you remember the 80's! Wil Wheaton is a great narrator for this story.
I'll just say robots... to be vague / prevent spoiling.
My favorite character is H
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