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)
As one that grew up in the late 70s and early 80s this was such a fun book to read. So many references to my childhood and adolescence. The way the author used them as well worked extremely well. I look forward to his next book.
This is probably my absolute favorite modern book! Thank you so much Ernest, and Wil, for this revolutionary and innovative classic!
narration was on point. The female voices were funny to hear but worked. honestly the story was funny and kind of kiddish at first, but come the second and third part or levels as noted in the book, it was dark and made me get pumped up. I would recommend for sure!!!
I haven't enjoyed a book this much since The Hitchhikers Guide series. It's the ultimate combination of geeky comic book love with 80s culture and references to every fandom you could think of. This book does NOT disappoint.
Just finished my third listen of this awesome book. I can keep listening to this everyday, it's so good.
a lil slow starting out but gets going and u can't put down I binge listened to this in one sitting and then did so again. it dam well worth a read listen or other but maybe a sequel would be in order I already miss the caracters and the immersion I to the world I have grown to love.
Well written and beautifully performed. I didn't want to put it down. The nostalgia is th is book is incredible. It brought up memories of this long forgotten. I had a blast trying to figure out the meaning of the clue before the characters. Definitely a must read and a book I could listen to over and over, especially with Wil Wheaton's sexy voice.
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