Ready Player One

Ready Player One

A Novel

Book - 2011
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"In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines--puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win--and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape." -- publisher.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2011.
ISBN: 9780307887443
Characteristics: 374 p. ;,25 cm.


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Imagine if Willie Wonka had been a video-game designer. Now imagine a world in which most people spend their time as avatars in a virtual reality. The founder of this virtual reality leaves his fortune to the first to win a contest, comprising puzzles and tasks based on 1980s popular culture. Thr... Read More »

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May 18, 2018

As a grandmother I really didn't think I would enjoy this book. My kids were teenagers in the 80s so I had seen them play the games in the story. But I did like the book!! I was kept reading by the story and the game within a game. Hard to believe that only Wade could find the three keys, so was happy to see his friends get key two first. Sometimes I forgot if we were in the game or real life. I plan to watch the movies written about in the book again mainly "WarGames". I say read this book with an open mind and you will really enjoy it. And you don't have to be a gamer or a teenager to like it!

May 11, 2018

Great book, filled with humor and action. Book can get confusing at times, but is normally engaging.

Apr 24, 2018

Amazing book.

It is a guaranteed amazing book, you will never read anything in your life as captivating or special as this book. It eventually will go down in the classics of teen literature.

Apr 16, 2018

Cline has created a fast paced attractive package of Computer Gaming for those of us who were never bitten by the bug. As a first Novel he slams a home run. Great pace, good voice, and exciting. Worthy read.

Spielberg directs the Movie, highly anticipated -

VaughanPLAlison Apr 15, 2018

Cline has created a wonderfully detailed world and his descriptions of the OASIS make me want to jump right into it. Yes, the book is full of nostalgia but it's all well-researched and relevant to the story. Add great characters and you've got a heck of a read.

Apr 10, 2018

It was alright. I grew up in Halliday's era so it was a trip down memory lane for me. If you're not of that generation I don't think you'll enjoy it or get it as much.

Apr 10, 2018

This book was amazing start to finish , didn't skip a line. It only took me two days to finish it and it was worth it. this book is definitely on my top ten fiction books. I will most likely recommend it to friends who love science fiction, video games, but you don't really have to be a video games lover to read this book . very entertaining and Amazing!!

Apr 09, 2018

My God. This is one of, if not, The Best Book I've ever read. This Book was such a fun story to read. The Details were so immerse, the characters were amazing, and the plot was so beautiful. Parzival (Wade) was such an amazing character. He wasn't just some lame protagonist, he was a character I can relate to. His adventure with Art3mis and Aech was such an incredible tale and so awesome. I loved the fact that the author put so much time and detail to the story that I can actually draw what I'm reading. Art3mis and Parzival was my favorite part in the whole book (Plus every single reference to pop culture you can imagine). Those two characters have an amazing relationship both in and out of the OASIS that it almost made me cry in the end. This book was so amazing and that it should be on everyone's book shelf that is in love with pop culture and the overall world of geekdom. I'm definitely going to buy my own copy now.

DBRL_ANNEG Apr 02, 2018

This is a fun, fast read for any fan of 1980s pop culture. If that's not you area of expertise, it may still be enjoyable, but the many references to film, television, and video games will go over your head. I mostly found this to be a good read any time I listened to this book (it's read quite well by 1980s and sci-fi geek-god Wil Wheaton) and look forward to checking out more books from Ernest Cline.

SPPL_Kristen Mar 19, 2018

The ideas in this book are more appropriate for a Buzzfeed article than a novel.

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Jun 16, 2016

This kid is very poor and very alone. Being in this virtual world allows him to escape. He grows up in this society that is falling apart and only wants to find fortune. He stumbles upon his first clue into a puzzle everyone else has given up on. It leads into the most adventurous roller coaster of a lifetime, with plenty of retro 80's to go along with it.

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

In 2044, reality is a grim place plagued by poverty, shortages and unemployment. Fortunately, people don't have to live in the real world anymore -- most entertainment, business and social interaction takes place in OASIS, a virtual world of amazing scope and detail. But now, OASIS will become the setting for an unprecedented battle royale. The creator of OASIS, upon his death, promised to give control of all his wealth, and his world, to the player who could complete a series of challenges based on his favorite movies and video games. For five years, nobody found anything...until Wade Watts, a 17-year-old, level-three nobody stumbles upon the first clue. Suddenly he's a celebrity with a shot at everything he's ever wanted -- but his opponents will stop at nothing, including murder, to see that he doesn't win.

Apr 09, 2013

An entertaining read about the 1980's "tech" looking back from 40 years in the future. Pacman, Atari 2600, and Journey are part of a quest through a completely virtual, all-encompassing universe.


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Mar 05, 2018

Coarse Language: Corse language infrequent but makes this book unsuitable for under 13 years.

Feb 04, 2016

Coarse Language: The usual swearing when frustrated, nothing out of the ordinary.


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Dec 30, 2016

“You know you've totally screwed up your life when your whole world turns to sh*t and the only person you have to talk to is your system agent software.”

Aug 13, 2016

No one in the world gets what they want and that is beautiful.

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