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)
I wanted to like this book, and even kept my knowledge of it to a minimum before diving in. It simply didn't resonate with me. I don't believe I was this book's intended audience. I honestly was having a hard time listening to Wheaton's performance and struggling to not find the dialogue and monologues forced and heavy handed.
I hear that if your formative years were in the 80s, then you'd most likely enjoy this book. As I have just turned 22 years old, I definitely found that this is catering to that 80s audience.
This was a great book, but only after I finished it and forgot the annoying narrator (Will Wheaton.) This made things about the book awkward and unbearable at times especially when the author was attempting to capture certain dorky and cute aspects.
The most memorable was the detailed setting and story from the beginning to end. I loved every bit of it! Thank god the story was so good I could forget about Will
Absolutely not. Any book that is recommended with such high reviews and narrated by him I would skip and just read the book.
I wouldn't hesitate, the story was very mesmerizing and detailed!
I love this book! I am a gamer and I am a nerd. This book spoke to me on so many levels. Born in the 80s, the endless references to my childhood made me smile ear to ear. If you enjoy Star Wars, WOW, and everything between, you will love this book.
Shout out to Wil Wheaten for his excellent narration. I am already looking for more books narrated by him.
This book captivated me right from the start, everything from the video game and movie facts, beautifully described worlds, the suspenseful moments, to the touching love elements.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that's looking for a book so entertaining you're going to have to fight yourself to put down. Please do yourself a favor and give this book a shot!
Ready player one?
I thought this book was kinda slow in the beginning. A guy telling me a bunch of nerd facts I only mildly cared about. Almost reminded me of the last Tron movie. Then it picked up and I was ready to forgo sleeping and listen to the last 9 hours straight.
So the audio book I am pushing your way is a book written for teens not 50 year old men. I have two books that are so special to me they put tears in my eyes, this is neither of those books. With that said Ready Playet One tickles the imagination of many men our age due to its subject so much so that Steven Spielberg is making a movie based on it. It's really a challenge for me to even describe this distopian funky cocktail. It pays homage to the Jobs/Wasniak duo, Neuromancer, Tron, Matrix, Dungeons and Dragons, Blade Runner, Atari's Adventure and everything else we shared in our teen brotherhood years. Unfortunately even though it was written for "young readers," they'll never appreciate it like a 50 year old. That's why I think Steven Spielberg fell in love with the book. It was very hard listening to it without feeling guilty about not spending my time with something more advanced but then again my wife and I have a very sharp attorney friend named Kristy, that confesses to listening to crap romance novels on her free time or when in traffic. Just consider this book a crap romance novel for us. We will talk brother.
I loved it:) I rarely write reviews but this book was so much fun to listen to. I'm not into video games, but I did grow up in the 80's playing Atari and such:) Anyway, I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the movie now! (2018)
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