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 was a brilliant, fun story. It incorporates such fun pop culture references within a story of entertaining science fiction. Despite the majority of meeting the characters in an avatar form, they felt honest and real. My only disappointment is that I waited so long to listen to this story.
I really liked this book and Will Wheaton was amazing. Despite this I had a few issues. I feel like this type of story in a "game world" is a bit overdone and I've heard it before. Other than constant references to 80s pop culture/games, it felt cookie cutter and contrived. The main character was a bit unrealistic and overly obsessive with everything. A lot of times this made me cringe. How is it that this 18 year old could know possibly everything he needed to know at the exact time he needed to know it? I sort of wish some of the other players were explored more. When they were explained it felt like the author just pooped out an explanation with not a lot of thought. The ending (final battle/third gate) felt rushed until the very end in the scene with Artemis, I kept asking myself why this scene with the couple was so drawn out and just wanted the book to hurry up and end. I just wish the background setting of how the real world was deteriorating while everyone ignored this fact and instead constantly played this game was fleshed out more rather than, "we are going to fix the world with our billions of dollars, the end," ending... Honestly though I did really enjoy the book since I'm older and can understand a lot of the references. This book annoyed me but also felt extremely nostalgic.
I would absolutely recommend this book to everyone, it was a great read and was really hard to put down. I really enjoyed Will Wheaton being the narrator. he did a fantastic job!
Incredible book. Wil Wheaton does an amazing job. I was unable to stop listening. So much fun.
Malcolm S. Travers
I have an enjoyed it this much in years. I would recommend this to anyone who has a nerd or geek obsession.
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