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)
Excellent book. With every chapter I found myself itching to hear what happens next. The author did a good job of keeping to hardcore gamer roots from a generation before my own. While the stigma of the "virgin nerd" is a little played out I can appreciate the romance the author built. Overall I would recommended this to any gamer of any age. They use references from the very start of gaming history. If you appreciate games you will appreciate this book.
I've been writing software for over twenty years. Most of the books in my collection are science fiction or computer related materials.
This book is easily one of my favorites. It's packed full of lore from the 80's and brings back fond memories of those years. Wil Wheaton does such a fantastic job at narrating the awesome story. And Earnest Cline created just an awesome world and adventure. I highly recommend this book, you won't regret it!
read it, listen to it and read it again. brilliant. could not put it down, listen to it in two days. going to start over and do out all again. fantastic book.
Hope you like the 80s. If so you'll love this book. some familiar story lines are Tron, iRobot, and 1984. Wil Wheaton is the perfect narrator for this book. Have fun listening! I know I did.
This was such a great story to get into! I'm sorry I waited so long. It is the perfect fun and geeky book for the 80s kids of today. The author's use of minute details fully immerses you into his vivid world and you won't want to leave.
I had heard about the book for some time finally made my way through it, after the first chapter I devoured it chapter, after chapter, couldn't get enough. I felt for wade in every situation he was in. Good book for almost all ages especially 80s teens knowledge of video game and really even pop culture is a benifit but not necessary.
it's like a cheeseburger packed with multivitamins! just try and enjoy yourself and you will find you enjoy this fantastic story.
I rank this as one of the best SciFi books I have read. Very well thought out with a great story line.
I enjoyed the main characters and like the reference to Wozniak.
I highly recommend this book for the young & old. Will Wheaton was the perfect narrator.
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