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)
I connected to this book on so many ways with my obsession with anime video games and my parents both grew up in the 80s so I was raised on breakfast club and goonies and Indiana jones and Star Wars this was a amazing well passed book with good characters and a griping story I rate it 5/5
Wade/Parcival - The main character... good guy, went through a lot, great sense of humor.
Everything. Metered tone, got into the narration when he needed to. Just a great job.
Love shack meets video games.
Ready Player One Book Review
by Author Ernest Cline
I’m giving this book 4.5 easter eggs out of 5.
One of the ways I judge a book is by its gravity, so to speak. Do I feel pulled toward it? In other words, when I was away from the book, did I feel like I needed to get back to it. If a day went by without reading it, did it bother me? I listened to the audiobook version of Ready Player One, and let me tell you, it pushed all my buttons (ha!)
When my wife asked me if I’d be willing to go pick my daughter up from dance, or to go to the store or (fill in the blank) I quickly said, “yes,” thinking that it was another opportunity for me to flip the audiobook on and keep plugging away at it or a few more minutes.
Set in the future, Ready Player One is, in so many ways, an homage to 80’s culture. Movies, music, styles, and especially video games all play a critical role in the plot. When a former video game developer, and rich business mogul learns that he only has a short time to live, he constructs an elaborate contest that he has placed inside the Oasis (online MMORPG type world). There are three phases (gates/keys) to the contest, and the first one to get through them all, wins “the egg,” or his ultimate prize—all his wealth and assets—billions.
The story revolves around a less fortunate, yet brilliant, young guy named Wade that spends all his time on the Oasis. Like many others, he is devouring anything he about the 80’s in an attempt to figure out how to progress in the contest. James Halliday, the billionaire that created the contest that would take over just about everyone’s heart and mind, loved the 80’s, and was rumored to have based the whole contest on 80’s pop culture. So, everyone studied up in order to be able to play the game, including Wade. This was Halliday’s way of resurrecting the 80’s, maybe buying it an extra life, as it were—deposit your quarter, right here, thank you very much.
The author does a fabulous job world building not only interesting things about the 80’s, but the futuristic world that would obsess about a dead man’s fortune, and stop at nothing to get it.
This book was a wild right down memory lane. I’m proud to say that I got most of his references. I did have to look a few up, however. At any rate, the book is well-written, and the plot was good fun. It has murder, mystery, tons of 80’s backstory, and even romance.
I really enjoyed this book.
I loved this book! I listened to it all in two days. I feel it was written just for me as so many of the references were taken from pop culture I love. Will's reading if it was perfect too. Thanks. Will there be second book coming? Now what will I do? I'll kiss my girlfriend and play some video games.
Disclaimer- I'm a 33 year old female- child of the 80s who has an affinity for superheroes, figures, the clash, Atari, Nintendo, comics, the brat pack and Jim Henson
This is probably my favorite audiobook I've yet to listen to. I started out reading Ready Player One and was very pleased, but when I discovered that Wil Wheaton was the narrator for this audiobook I knew it had to be gold. A GREAT listen, I found myself taking the long way home and finding excuses to "take a drive". Wonderfully written story, great adventure, lovable characters, detestable villains. Geared toward the quintessential 80s kid, I found myself snickering often at the many mentions of my favorite childhood memories and pastimes. I loved this book; it's probably one that I will listen to again for nostalgias sake.
I admit it...many times I had read the title and description of this book a passed on purchasing it. It didn't seem like anything a compelling story could consist of......I couldn't have been more wrong! This is among my favorite books in a long time filled with nostalgia, whit, intellect, and every little thing from the 80's to modern day MMO's (Massive Multi-player Online). There is an interesting societal aspect to the story that I found very intriguing too. Nearly everything in the world exists in a virtual reality MMO game type of online experience, such as public education. Most people live a majority of their daily lives inside of this MMO called "The Oasis" for the most part because the real world is such a dumpster...I won't go into any more. This is a 100% must read/listen.
Overall a good story. Some of the story line was immature but, overall, worthy of a listen at least once.
I found myself genuinely laughing more at the content than the form of the writing, so that's good. Still, done well if it occasionally stumbles from time to time. I think it will resonate better with younger teens as opposed to adults. Hopefully, the younger readers will get the many references to 80's pop culture that the author clearly holds so dear to his heart.
This book is packed full of references from the 80s and 90s, so you can tell the author was passionate about the book. I just found it to be a somewhat obvious story, though still fun and well written.
What an amazing read! I loved this book from beginning to end. It's got a little bit of everything suspense, romance and a bunch of great 80s references. I am recommending this book to everyone that I talk to.
The book had a good plot and had a lot of potential. However, he used the word perfect probably 80 billion times, and when he lists the top ten players I found myself swearing to finish.
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