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)
Who knew 80's nostalgia could be so much fun? I grew up in the 80's and man did a lot of cool stuff happen. I took the 52 book challenge this year and I have to say this one is in the top 3. Loved it!!!
If you grew up as a teen in the 80's and loved Rock and Roll, Video games , D&D, Science Fiction ANYTHING, you will like this book.
I was concerned about Will Wheaton narrating this but he did a very nice job!
Well worth a credit!
listened to this book on a very long road trip home. Normally when I reach my destination, I'll switch off the book and forget about it until the next time I venture on a drive somewhere. Not this book! Had my husband and I riveted from start to finish and we finished listening to the entire book in two days. Lots of humor, suspense, believable characters and a wonderful plot. :D Cannot wait to download more of this author's works! A new favorite writer in this household.
This has to be one of my favorite stories ever told. Read the paper book and fell in love. Used a credit for this and absolutely loved the way will Wheaton narrates it. Buy this audiobook, you will not be disappointed.
Yes, just a brilliantly enjoyable and story, wrapped in an 80's quilt.
How the whole book made me feel.
Will delivers the performance of a person who is a nerd at heart, and it translates perfectly to this book.
The explanation of how society had been drawn into a digital world to avoid the one we have messed up.
The book is amazing no matter what generation you are form. But if you grew up in the 80's, this will make you feel warm and fuzzy all over.
This is a wonderful teenage book, maybe one of the best because it transcends generations and maybe become a favorite easily. Action, Drama, Love and nerds doing what they do best Ready Player One is a surprising one. must buy
Excellent book. With every chapter I found myself itching to hear what happens next. The author did a good job of keeping to hardcore gamer roots from a generation before my own. While the stigma of the "virgin nerd" is a little played out I can appreciate the romance the author built. Overall I would recommended this to any gamer of any age. They use references from the very start of gaming history. If you appreciate games you will appreciate this book.
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