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 is my first audiobook on audible and I burned through it in 3 days. I was so addicted to the story I'd listen to it any chance I got. While I was driving (which I do a lot of for my job), working out, cooking, etc. Highly recommended, especially if you are a nerd and/or love the 80s.
One of my new favorite books of all-time! What an awesome story! Amazing writing that sucks you in and doesn't let go. I was seriously disappointed I had to stop listening to go to work, and looked forward to getting home so I could start again. Highly highly recommend! Fantastic!
I love hard Sci-Fi and Fantasy. And I pepper in there a few Bios.
I loved this book and completed it in just two days. I found myself laughing along with characters. I will read anything Cline writes in the future.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book - thought it would be a fun, fluffy sci fi book. It was about a thousand times better than I anticipated. It was fun. It was sci fi. But it was also loaded with references every millennial will love. And it was not fluffy. It was smart and sensitive and clever and nail biting. It was fantastic - and I can't wait to share it with my D&D loving son!
What a fantastic surprise this book was. I listened to the entire book in two days. Some books with high ratings I really like (A song of ice and fire, The king killer chronicles, Off to be the wizard). Some I struggle to listen to and only make it halfway, in mental anguish and boredom the entire time (The blade itself, The black company). This book was definitely in the former. I was engrossed from the start of the adventure of Wade Watts. It's a story filled with 80s pop-culture and sci-if awesomeness. If you're a fan of video games you need to listen to this, you won't be disappointed.
completely amazing in every single aspect, Wheaton is just an awesome narrator, the story and quest was just put together perfectly. This will not be the last time I either read or listened to the story.
If you have any background in video games or MMOs then you will love the way Cline has written this book. There's a lot of glee talk and game references but most are also explained in the book so even the "noobs" can understand! 5 out of 5 all day.
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