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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Great but didn't realize it was YA

While other reviews have said this book appeals to those that aren't nerdy, I think its basically for nerds or 80's kids/teenagers (now adults). The story is pretty good although it has that awkward love interest like a lot of YA fiction and it's really hard to believe the main characters are college age. Although they live in a world where you spend more time in VR than reality so I guess it can still make sense. Coming from Outlander I guess it was just strange.

Overall though the story is pretty great and it's fun getting all of the references from movies and games, to music and tabletop RPGs. Wil Wheaton did a good job narrating and I thought it was pretty funny that he was mentioned in the book, even if only a slight reference. I would definitely recommend this book but not sure about Armada. I think the nerd gold is what made this much more successful than it otherwise would've been.

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What an awesome book!

Absolutely loved this book in every way! This spoke right to me and was everything I wanted from a good book!

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RPO is one of my favorite books.

Ready Player One is a 80s time capsule blast from the past, that even someone who doesn't know jack shit about the 80s can enjoy.

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Fun story, less fun narration

I appear to be in the minority hear, but I quite disliked Wil Wheaton's narration. He took me out of the story, and I found him distracting.
Aside from that, I found the story nostalgic and entertaining. I'm in the middle ground where I understood/remembered a decent amount of the pop culture, but not all, and I didn't feel that I was missing out even if I wasn't familiar everything.
Pretty quick listen and really fun; would definitely recommend it to anyone over the age of 38 or so. Just really (really, really) wish they'd had a better narrator.

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Wow, Great Book!

I binged listened to this book it was so good! definitely pick this one up!

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This month's bullet count.

red bug due to the trailer of the upcoming movie glad I did I force leaving book putting the movie to shame this is a must-read for anybody that grew up or is fond of the 80s wonderful wonderful book

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Premature Review (I DON’T CARE!)

I’m barely on chapter 9 but this book already has me hooked! I’m not a typical reader, I checked out the book because it was free as a new member and man is it good! The story and premise is thought out with such detail, it’s already intense so far, I’d recommend it to anyone honestly 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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I am Ready player ONe

This was a great listen, from start to finish, Cline is a master story teller, and Wheaton, is a master of narration,I would listen to him read the phone book..... Great story, unique concept, and fun fun fun.

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A game to beat all others...

The story of a boy becoming a man, falling in love and finally getting the girl, dressed up as the computer game to beat all others, Ready Player One satisfies on many levels. Wil Wheaton does an excellent job narrating the novel as the voice of the young protagonist who lives life vicariously through his "avatar" within a near future version of the internet that has blossomed into a virtual universe where people can live out their lives and escape from the harsh distopia that the world has become. The name of this virtual world is the "Oasis" and, as Wade, our protagonist, comes to find out, there are people out there who will stop at nothing to gain control over the simulation. The storyline is as much an adventure as a coming of age love story that is given a fresh twist by taking place inside a virtual world, as well as our everyday reality. Well worth a listen!

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Fun listen! Enjoyed all the references & story

Great narrator! Can't wait to see this book on the big screen. It would be interesting to see this concept with the 90s source material vs the 80s.