Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline

  • Release Date: 2011-08-16
  • Genre: Adventure
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 6,251 Ratings)


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 2045, 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?


  • Amazing

    By ace dog
    I read the paper back and can't wait to get this on my phone hands down one of my favorite books of all time
  • So much fun!

    By To hard to level
    This book is so much fun to read. My wife and I both have a copy and read it together. We stop at each chapter and talk about it. I love how each chapter ends on a cliff hanger and makes it so hard to put down.
  • Amazing!

    By Mjsunny
    WOW!! Such a great book! If you love the 80's, this book is for you!
  • Ready player one

    By sg187rider
    Great book turner ...I re read because it was that good
  • Loved it!

    By FoxBravo206
    Great ride through and througb
  • Ready for the film

    By Kevhuck
    I really enjoyed this book. It was a great story and I was hooked from the start. When it ended I was like "No! I need more! MORE!!!"
  • Great book

    By Game Central 7
    Could never put this book down.right when I got home I started reading.
  • Amazing book!!!

    By Bbafett
    This was a book I didn't even know about. Was recommended by Casey Neistat on YouTube in one of his videos. I have always been big into Star Wars books, but wanted something different to read so I decided to give this a try. Was one of the first books I never wanted to put down. Never got tired reading like I normally do. Had me reading chapter after chapter almost nonstop. Probably was my best book I have ever read. Love all the references to hints I grew up with. I am in my 30s and felt like I was a kid again. AWESOME JOB on this book!!!
  • Rebuttal

    By Your camera
    I find it funny that the negative reviews talk down the people regarded as nerds, geeks, etc. and immediately think that everyone who identifies as such (or have been given the label) like this book. One review said they'd never trust a "nerd's opinion" again. That being said, aren't most scientists considered smart and or "nerdy"? Therefore every innovation they've made that you use today shouldn't actually be used by yourself because you disregard their ability to validate thing's usefulness in the first place. Stop the generalizations please. This isn't a "nerd's boo". It's a book written by a kid from the 1980s.
  • The Adventure story of our lifetime

    By ThatStratGuy
    Ready Player One (RPO as I've come to know it), is a thrilling, non stop adventure through a world that will feel all too familiar, but all too far away. Ernest Cline has crafted a view into what might very well be waiting for civilization around the corner, but with a promising hint of humanity every step of the way. The good guys will not let you down, and the plot is sure to keep you hooked wanting to know what happens next...over and over again! It's a nerds delight, a genre untapped for current generations, that is until this novel came along. If you love video games, fantasy stories, knights in shining armor, a little action, a little romance, some serious nerd talk about electronics and computing...and a little bit of a adult drama, this book is surely for you.