Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline

  • Release Date: 2011-08-16
  • Genre: Adventure
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 6,031 Ratings)
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  • Description

    The bestselling cult classic—soon to be a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.

    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 ten thousand 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 twentieth 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?

    – Bloomberg, Best Books of 2016


    • Lot’s of Fun!

      By KeDIX1414
      I thought this book was so much fun! It had been recommended to me many times, but I was hesitant to buy it since I don’t know much of anything about 80s pop culture. 90% of the 80’s references went over my head, but I still enjoyed every minute of this book! I only have a couple complaints about this book. First, it is quite predictable from beginning to end. Once I put down the book I did wish there had been a few more twists and turns. This didn’t detract from the story too much though. Even though the structure of the plot is very familiar, it is executed very well! My second issue is with the number of references to the 80s in the book. If you aren’t familiar with them, it can be hard to visualize what is going on. The references can also feel like extra fluff. Also, there are points where the author had to explain certain aspects of a video game or movie in more detail to bring readers who aren’t familiar with the game/movie up to speed. This can slow down the story. These are just minor complaints though. Definitely buy this book!
    • Amazing book

      By 44cmitchell
      Incredible book especially for anyone who loves video games. Well written and great premise. You will not want to put it down
    • Pure fun

      By Bunjamin 04
      Good old fashion fun
    • Awesome

      By ToxicCheese
      A trip down 80s lane.
    • Absolutely magnificent

      By Kevin30jt
      An awesome book! Loved it
    • Great book

      By RichHeb
      The mix of classic and future games/technology is spot on
    • Great book!

      By Casey #51
      Unable to put this book down once i started!
    • Ready Player One

      By Kh9er
      I couldn't put it down.. it's in my top 3 sci-fi all time. I kept thinking he would blow it and that's it's too good to be true but then he finished the book so strong that I couldn't help but to power through the last 100 pages .. That a kid EC ! Great read . I want a sequel !
    • So much fun to read

      By Victowie
      Highly recommend for anybody who's looking for a fun, immersive story. I loved this book.
    • Second time

      By Johnygat66
      This is my second time reading this book and I will read it again