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)
Great book, really engaging and hard to stop listening to....I would highly recommend to anyone, especially anyone who really likes technology fiction.
I really am in awe about how truly great this book is. If at any time in your life you had played video games, or spent any time in the 80s, this book is so for you. There are so many references to games and pop culture, that you will feel a part of this book...like an actual character playing the role. It's laugh-out-loud funny at many times, and I actually caught myself tear up at times, and especially at the end. It will have you gripping with anticipation on what might happen next, and you may be right if you guess what could happen. There are many surprising moments that will catch you off-guard and will always keep you wanting to know what will happen next. If you played any role-playing games, this book will feel right at home. The visual descriptions of any scene will have you picture in your head what the main character is doing all the time. Wil Wheaton reads the book with such inflection and emotion that you will never be bored with this book. If it seems like I'm rambling, its only because there is so much great things I want to say about this book, my fingers might get tired going on. All I can say is that if you have a credit (this book is even worthy of purchasing with $), if the things I've said interest you, don't doubt listening to this book. You will not be disappointed...now with that said, if you have never touched a video game or played games that immerse you in its virtual reality, you might find it hard to picture actions portrayed in this book, so that might be a risky venture, but a fun one nonetheless because of the vast pop culture references of the 80s that appear throughout the book. As my final word, this is probably the best book I have ever downloaded. Ready Player One is truly an outstanding book.
This book was one of the most entertaining books I've listened to in years. Cline is obviously a true Geek with enough trivia, movie quotes, comic book references and computer knowledge to satisfy anyone who grew up in the 1980's world of video games, Saturday morning cartoons and role-playing games. I found numerous times saying, "Oh, wow, I remember that!" when he added some obscure reference to his story from a cartoon I hadn't thought about in years. It was an enjoyable blast into my past. At the same time, you come to root for the heroes of the book, cheering at their successes and shaking your head at their failures. You can't help but imagine yourself sitting at the controls of the starship, wielding the weapons or dancing in the air with them. Wheaton was perfectly cast to read this book given his personal love of everything mentioned in the book, and his performance is filled with the right kind of passion to keep you rivted to the story. This is a must read for anyone who knows who Ultraman was, who knows the difference between a Firefly-class starship and the Millenium Falcon and anyone who wishes they could have stepped into a video game and played it as themselves.
I was hooked and couldn't stop listening. It brought back so many memories of that time period in my life. Very engaging story.
Ayatollah of Rock n Rollah
I absolutely loved this book! I got it to listen to because I am undergoing radiation treatments 3 hours away from my hometown. I drive on Mondays and Fridays. I found myself not able to wait till the end of the week and listened to it every night before I went to bed. The story was very engaging and helped me to take my mind off my troubles. I'm a huge Star Trek fan and I have to admit that the main reason I got it was because it was read by Wil Wheaton. He did not disappoint! I will be purchasing other titles read by him.
His performance was excellent. The voices he did for the different characters were great and I just love his style.
I did laugh out loud at several moments.
This is an incredible book for those who grew up in the 80s and 90s. The amount of pop culture references per minute are astounding, and even I had to look up a few of them. Bravo Mr. Cline, Bravo. Finally Wil Wheaton's ready is REALLY good.
I bought this book on a whim while browsing for books read by Wil Wheaton. Oh my goodness this is an excellent book. I have already listened to it twice through, and I went out and purchased the actual hardback book. I knew about 30 minutes into the story that I was going to love it, and suggested it to a geek culture discussion group I help run. Ernest Cline is simply an amazing story teller, and Wil Wheaton is the absolute perfect voice for this story. I love how meta it gets, like when Wil Wheaton reads the part about the main character voting for Wil Wheaton in the election. I give this 3 thumbs up!
I have been an audible listener for many years. This book is in my top 5. The story starts out and captivates from the very begining. Also the narrarator is excellent. I highly recommend this book.
I listened to this book non-stop for two days - it was an 80's geekathon and I loved it. Sure, the love story was a little hokey and a few of the 'twists' predictable but the references to John Hughes movies and stand up arcade games took right back to jr high and all the cultural references that we all loved from back in the day. The protagonist was heroic but still relateable and the narration was really good. I especially got a kick out of the references to Wil Weaton in the book... as read by Wil Wheaton. Fun, easy and highly enjoyable read/listen.
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