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 book is a must read for anyone who even liked Ender's Game. This a modern version with some really interesting points about where our society could wind-up at!! Plus who does not love that Will Wheaton is mentioned in the book and also is narrating!! I'm a teacher and have been able to get several of my boys to read this book when they won't read anything else!!
I could have done without the "God is BS" garbage at the beginning ... am glad I kept listening ...
as a gamer, I loved this book! As a child of the 80's, it was delightful to "know" all the references.
Will Wheaton is a fantastic narrator! I actually chose the book because I love his story telling ability!
I did have two technical "issues" towards the end of the book which I'll not post here and spoil for anyone ... if you're curious, send me a note and we'll compare complaints :D
I have not read the print version.
Pacing, and the various characters' voices.
At times I laughed, and I teared up at the end.
I was born in 1944. I began working with computers in the 80s. My children played Atari games then, and went on to become avid video game fans. The entire premise of the book was a delight as were the characters and plot.
If you grew up in the 80's or loved the decade whether it be the music, TV shows, video games, or all of it this book is for you. Get ready to not be able to put it down once you get into it!!!
Say something about yourself!
Really, really great. Growing up in the 80s and having a frame of reference for the video games, songs, movies and TV shows that are mentioned will probably enhance your enjoyment, but at the center of the story there's a teen-aged protagonist dealing with some universal adolescent struggles that will resonate regardless of your knowledge of 80s pop culture.
Wil Wheaton's narration adds to the story. He speaks with the cocky tone of a teenager for most of the story, but manages to convey the main character's fear and uncertainty when the story calls for it. This is once of those cases where I'd probably suggest someone choose the audio version over the print if they hadn't read the book before.
Yes... and I have told all of my friends to read this book ASAP! I am a child of the 80's and a huge gamer dork so this book just took me to my happy place.
This is one of my favorite books of the last decade. The story is creative and exciting and the constant references to the 1980's and 90's really pulled me into the world of the Oasis.
Yes! Anyone who was born between say 1965 and 1980, who was a geek in any sense, or obsessed with pop culture would love this book. The story is completely engaging and set in 2040 or so, so you get a combination of a blast from the past with a fascinating rendering of a possible future. Loved it. Was sorry when it was over. I can't say that about many books. And Wil Wheaton was an outstanding narrator.
Artemis - bad ass girl who was also endearing and sensitive but almost never let you know it.
Just knowing about his interests made it SO easy to imagine him as the main character. At the same time he did an exceptional job handling all of the other characters as well. The man knows his sci fi.
Laughed a lot. Was entranced a lot - couldn't wait to know what would happen next and see if I could figure out the puzzles.
A lot of fun. Lots and lots of 80's references, but even if you don't get them all, you'll still enjoy the classic underdog vs. evil corporate villain story.
Just as good as his other performances. I could listen to Wil narrate the phone book and be enthralled.
“If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits eighty-eight miles an hour, you're going to see some serious sh*t.” – Doc Brown
I like Sci Fi on the Hi Fi
Yes, I've listened to it five times. Even though I was a teenager in the 90's, Cline does a wonderful job of explaining the 80's references in a way that makes you feel like you already know what he is talking about. I do remember or was a fan of some of the things he talks about, but some references are a little obscure. The story has everything: action, comedy, love, comedy, and glorious geekiness. I listened to it the first time and couldn't get enough. I immediately started listening to it again. The more you listen to it, the more you catch things. There is a l great deal of number correlations, 256 512 1024. Overall it's not only a book I would recommend, it's a book I would recommend experiencing multiple times.
All the characters are great. However, I would have to say Parzival. He's funny and confident at the same time being a typical antisocial geek with low self esteem. I enjoy his character's correlations with James Halliday, the creator of the OASIS. And for some reason I have always enjoyed first person narratives, like The Wonder Years.
This seems like a question that, for me, could have a person answering with a spoiler. The line that sticks out to me is: I'm just going to go in there wearing my default skin and a f**k off attitude.
First of all, I've seen that the rights have already been purchased by one of the big studios, and I can't wait till this is made into a movie. It would make a great one! Aaron Eckhart should totally play Nolan Sorrento, and Adrian Brody is so method he could probably pull off Halliday. I can't think of a tag line, but the trailer should start with "In a world where..."
Why isn't there a question about Wil Wheaton? Or does everyone know that he is totally Airwolf? He nails every character in this story. I mean nails it! Maybe this is why I don't see him on TV or films much, narration is his true calling.
Both the story and narrations were excellent. A great story for anyone who grew up the in 80's and was interested in computers and/or video games.
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