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 is really a phenomenal book, I loved every bit of it. The sheer volume of references 80s references, the number of "no waaaay" moments, the futuristic concept w/ just a slight bit of social commentary, the development of friendship - all of it, awesome. The reasons it gets docked a star are the following: the depictions of anxiety and frustration and how they affect social interactions wasn't really well done, Wade was a bit too perfect (he even got a physical makeover outside of the Oasis), they didn't show what they did with the money in the end, Artemis could have had way more character development, there were a couple lines of dialogue where I thought the narrator lost the intention of the author, and a few too many deus ex machine moments. Overall, a great read / listen!
It was fantastic, the story, the performance of the narrator, and everything about the book. If you like all things sci-fi, video games, and a battle of good versus evil then you won't be able to pause this audiobook. Excuse me while I go listen again and buy the physical book.....
Wil Wheaton is masterful at telling this story. I haven't listened to any of his other works but now, I'm going to find and buy them. thanks Wil!
Hooked from the first chapter. People can say what they want about the immaturity of the writing and the 80's nostalgia. It is written from the pov of a socially awkward gamer and how he views his world. Brilliant and heartwarming. Would read again.
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