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)
Don't be disappointed by the slow start, much of it builds towards understanding later parts. I didn't care for the foul language and short anti-religious part but other than that it was very interesting and exciting, something I really looked forward to listening to each day.
I was always eager to get back to this book. Great complex visuals between the virtual reality of The Oasis and the real world. Thank you Ernest for your writing and Wil for narration. My only gripe was wanting a little more tension.
If you grew up in the 70s 80s or 90s and played video games and watched a lot of movies you will love the references to many awesome classics. one of the best audios I've listened to.
Recent convert to audio books and have never "read" as much as I have in the last 6 months
Nostalgia fest narrated by Wil Wheaton? Yes please and thank you. One of the best stand alone novels I have read in a long time and possibly ever.
this book was really well made. it gives perspective on a lot of areas I know I struggle with and millions of other humans do. the story is enthralling and fun. it has a god mix of serious and silly. I cant recommend this book enuf.
Like others before me, hesitated to buy it. More than worth the credit! You need not have grown up a teenage boy obsessed with gaming to get a kick from this story. When was the last time you heard, "Who's your friend when things get rough?" Haha! Get this book.
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