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)
Wonderful immersion into a digital world with roots and reference to the not so distant past. The story is well crafted and keeps you wanting more!! One of my favorite audiobooks of all time!!!
I was truly engrossed even though most of the 80's references where before my time. I'm still thinking about it even days after I've completed it. Ready Player One is an instant chassis and I hope they do it justice in the upcoming film...
I have to admit that I pretty much listened to that without stopping (okay I slept some) from start to finish. And I'm tempted to listen to it again right now. I wish Wil Wheaton would give lessons to every other voice actor I have ever heard. I love sci fi, and was admittedly an early 80s baby, so the pop culture was perfect... and this book was just non-stop fun and entertainment. reccomend super highly.
For the first few hours, I was heavily questioning the recommendations given to me about this book. I almost gave up but it started getting better. Nostalgia for the 80s is both it's biggest strength and biggest weakness and often feels heavy handed and pandering. However, it was entertaining and I did enjoy it.
lots of poor plot points. Lots of great ones... not sure I would have bought this book had I known how unoriginal it would have been.
The narration by Wil Wheaton was wonderful, the book had an incredible story, the 80s nostalgia just pours out of it and it does phenomenal job of painting pictures in your head. A+
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