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)
Overall a very enjoyable experience. This makes me want to go in and experience first hand the movies and games and culture within the book and the narrator does a great job, staying energetic and bringing life to the story!
Will did a great job narrating and the storyline was fun and intriguing. I listened to the book within less than a week
I have read this at least 10 times, love it! I keep this loaded on my Kindle and Android for listening whenever I get bored.
One of the best book experiences I have had. This is not a typical book for me and you don't need to be a science fiction fan to enjoy this. Anyone that has ever obsessed over a soundtrack, movie, video game, had geek moments, or obsessed over 80's culture is sure to enjoy this book. I had already heard that before I started the book, but it doesn't stop there.
The premise, story, and characters are engaging. It is about a contest to find a hidden Easter Egg in a vast online game that has replaced the internet and the prize for being the first is several hundred billion dollars and a controlling interest in the company behind it; and there are shady organizations that will stop at nothing to be the one that finds it. Throughout the book there are many great moments and references that anyone who lived through the 80's will definitely love, and there is probably something to tickle every reader. But more importantly, I was completely and utterly drawn into this story and the characters.
I read this pretty much non-stop, pausing only to eat and sleep. I had intended to work some overtime this weekend, and instead obsessed over this book until I had completed it. The narration was outstanding as well. I loved every minute and consider this essential reading or listening.
Keeping with the spirit of the story, I believe Will worked hard to keep a "geekishness" to his reading style. It made it tough at times to continue on, but persevere I did. Well worth it!
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