- 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?
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“This book illustrated the difference between reading as a reader and reading as an author. The crux of the problem: my inner geek fell in love with this book, while the objective side of my mind had a hard time overlooking the flaws. This is an attempt to tackle critique from both viewpoints. Keep that in mind if this review is a bit fractured.
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” can’t remember the last time I read a book as “fun” as this one. I just enjoyed it. Granted, I’m probably the very key demograph the book was aimed at, but it worked. I get the reviews from others claiming the book did too much exposition and pandering and self-indulgence, true. Also true is that I didn’t care. Take the book for what it is, fun. Good ol’ nostalgic fun. It felt very much like an 80’s movie adventure. I can’t wait to see what Spielberg does with it for the screen. Hopefully its as faithful an adaptation as possible.” By Rocky Davies
Author: Ernest Cline
Kindle Price: Hardcover $17.26 Paperback $11.23 Audible $27.50 Audio CD $22.74
Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 15 hours and 46 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Publisher: Random House Audio
Audible.com Release Date: August 16, 2011
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2 in Books