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)
Until this book. I just want to go find some old arcade games and pump quarters into them. The nostalgia was inseparably woven into the plot. Moving it along and keeping you swept up in the moment.
An archive of everything we loved about music, movies, and games from the 80's! With a compelling and well thought out story to boot! Reads like you're playing your favorite video game, or are the star of your favorite books. Just enough fan-serve to puff you up and make you feel awesome, like the good guy's always gonna win, but enough suspense to keep you thinking, on the edge of your seat to see what'll happen next. I can't recommend it highly enough!!!
The story is fairly pandery and self-indulgent, but it's a fun story and is well told, with tons and tons of retro geek references that will make fans smile. Wil reads well, performs each role with good inflection, and really owns the nerdy tone of the book as only he can.
The story was very well researched and written. From start to finish it kept me grinning and at times on the edge if my seat. I fell in love with it and will definitely listen to it again.
Very well spoken, easy to understand, both in Voice and Tone. Plus, I enjoyed the traces left behind by Wesley Crusher. :)
When I started listening to Ready Player One I kicked myself on my behind thinking I had ordered a teenage/young audience book. The main character is soon graduating high school at the story beginning. Although I think younger people will love this book, we old folks love it too. I am privately giving it 10 stars.
Well worth the listen, I would recommend it to anyone! Will Wheaton portrays the characters perfectly, he was definitely the best choice for the narrator.
Yes! This is the best audio book I have ever listened to. I was upset when it was over.
Wade of course. How could he not be.
Both multiple times.
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