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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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What a trip! Kept me com no back for more.

I literally want to play in the OASIS now. This book is phenomenal and has a great overall experience & ending. I would highly recommend listening to this book if you love nostalgia of the 80s throughout the millennium. So epic. Can’t wait to put some faces to this when the movie comes out!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Amazing!

By far, one of the best books! Will Wheaton does an amazing job at narrating. I highly recommend this book. I can't say enough good things about it.

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wow

15 hours, 47 minutes, and 40 seconds of greatness. keep up the good work. ^)^

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Mediocre

Wasn't that interesting. Felt like a list of 80s references canned into a story. It was okay.

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I listened to it in a weekend

the book could have been edited down a bit with no loss of story. Maybe a few less "Holiday had rendered it in exquisite detail..." descriptions, etc.

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Eh

struggled to finish. If you enjoy obscure refrences and repetition writing this is the book for you.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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garbage

could have left a lot of useless information out of it. I couldn't finish it due to the crap in there. SJW's dream

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One hell of a story!

This story got going right away, and kept me hooked through the end.

I hope the dystopian future it describes never comes to pass, although the Oasis sounds like everything every gamer has ever wanted!

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Awesome!

Great story and awesome characters. Cline crafts an epic adventure full of comedy and action.

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yes

this book by far out of the 3200 that I have read this year is amazing

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