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 takes you away and you don't want to go back. Great narration from Wil Wheaton. Every gamer should read or listen to this novel. The nuances and references are endless. The character development is superb. And the dialogue is hilarious.
The author's dislike for 'evil' capitalism was pretty apparent throughout the book but it didn't detract too much from the story. It was an enjoyable story with a great amount of '80s pop culture thrown in. It made me think back to the good old days and reminded me of things that I had almost forgotten about. Worth a credit.
This is the type of book that makes you go looking for more books like it. I was on the fence about selecting it for a moment because Ernest Cline wasn't an author I was familiar with, but Wil Wheaton narrating pushed me over, and I fell HARD. I plan on getting really familiar with Sir Cline's work.
Will Wheaton is not the best narrator, but I have to admit that after the first couple chapters the story drew me in so much I barely noticed his weak inflection. Rich story, complex , ...a must read for past, present, and future gamers.
What a great story! Cute moments, great pop culture references. Listening with Wil Wheaton as the narrator was interesting, not bad, just some moments where his voice got a little snarky (perhaps trying to channel Wade?). Overall a great listen! If you like video games and science fiction, this is for you :)
WAY better than I expected. At some of the high action points I literally found myself on the edge of my seat and couldn't stop listening. If you lived through any of the 80's, do yourself a favor and listen to this book.
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