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)
The story was good enough to make me suffer the soporific narrator. The writing was ok, but the concept was excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed the storyline--had conceptual elements of Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), The Last Starfighter, Tron, The Matrix--but all the while being fresh and original. Wil Wheaton was not the worst narrator--but it's obvious he's never watched Highlander and he's not a scotch drinker. He's also a bit limited in voices and delivery. But any negatives are really minor whining about an otherwise enjoyable experience.
Multiple listens for me now. I've read it a couple times and listened to it multiple times as well. As an 80's child, I think this is one of the best Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels I have ever read. Highest possible recommendation I can give!
at first I was a little apprehensive because normally I'm not into so much fantasy but the story was great the character development was compelling made me want to keep listening gradebook highly recommend it.
Loved it! Wheaton was the perfect choice for narrator. Ernest Cline did a superb job making this a great story and a fun throwback to my childhood.
Yes. Wil Weaton
The main one, duh.
The fact that he read his own name without snickering made it awesome.
I nearly did.
Awesome book, I want more to listen to just because it was that good, I didnt want it to end
dialog and story plot are super cheesy...even for an 80s pop culture themed book....fights and villains are super boring never much of a sweat or nervous for any characters....no pay off at the end.
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