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)
this story was absolutely compelling for me! i loved the writing style and the way that will wheaton was able to capture the main character. i feel that his deep root in geek culture definately aided in his performance as he knows how we feel growing up and living with the social struggles that we have. go Will!! i will now be searching for more of this authors works as i literally could not put this down. i listened straight through this, excluding six hours to sleep. took me a day and a half. just beautiful connection and understanding of geek culture.
I had heard that this was being made into a movie but I had no idea what it was about so I decided to listen. from the opening chapter I was hooked. Not only is the sort well placed and fun, but the references to all things 1980s make this the ultimate Gen-X geek story. While I'm younger than the crater of the egg, I lived enough to remember all the games, shows, and toys to enjoy every bit of it. [SPOILER] The only thing I would have changed was for Parzival to have selected a Robotech mech. But that's just the fanboy in me. :)
I throughly enjoyed this book. a must read for all the old school video game nerds out there!
Incredible detail, plot and narration. An absolute joy to listen along. This story is made even better by the bold but steady voice of Wil Wheaton. A true classic
An immersive and engaging return to the geek sub culture of the 80's through a SciFi lens. If you are, or ever have been a geek this book needs to move to the top of your list! Or, if you are either a teen or student of the 80's it is a must read.
Interesting concept and fun story. I love the celebration of geekiness and the good versus evil epicness. I felt Wade was a bit of a Mary Sue type character that did a lot of telling naratives and expose, however, still entertaining.
Knowledge is power
This is now my absolute and without question my favorite book I have ever read.
I can't think of a more captivating and adventurous book.
If you you were gifted with any kind of imagination or pop culture knowledge base , then this book will surely push the boundaries in such an interesting and wonderful way.
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