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)
Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time!
Tomb of Horrors
Couldn't stop listening to this amazing adventure!
Excellent performance of a fun book. The story is a bit predictable, but reads like a movie. If you have any regard for 80s pop culture or nostalgic geek culture, this one is a winner.
From Commodore PETS through Commodore 64's, and including Asteroids to Zork, this story let me relive almost ALL of my childhood in a way only someone who had REALLY been there and experienced the same highs and lows I did could.
wonderful story arc, detailed interesting characters, and descriptions and references both incredibly vivid and painstakingly accurate, this STAYS on my device for repeated listening!
Will Wheaton does a fantastic job, making this story very easy on the ears.
Simply A++++ for both story and voice actor.
Fun read. Goofy at times but kept me engaged. If you grew up around classic arcade games it ads to the fun.
Weird. Teacher. Listens to books more than reading physical books because of vision issues.
Nerdgasm only possible when filtering how awesome this book is through rule 34. Gamers that don't fit into society... Or maybe they do... Will love this.
Thus book is definitely a good read if you are into the future of gaming or interested in a look at VR concepts in a book. the story is very fun but has a good sense of emergency the entire time. Its an excellent read.
A book full of nostalgia and adventure. It has a great concept and good pacing. Overall I was very happy with the book.
Towards the end, I felt the story somewhat slipped and became fairly typical of a coming-of-age story where the protagonist suddenly becomes a little too good, too soon. There is a lot of build-up and then the end comes very quickly, though not completely without some pleasant surprises.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book as a fun read.
Well done everyone. Interesting things I did not know. Interesting story line keeps you alert. Mr. Wheaton, you inspire me to look into reading for others as you have done an examplary job of reading the story in multiple points of view. Thank you.
Report Inappropriate Content