Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Book - 2011
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.

"Enchanting . . . Willy Wonka meets The Matrix ."-- USA Today * "As one adventure leads expertly to the next, time simply evaporates."-- Entertainment Weekly

A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?

In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the OASIS, a vast virtual world where most of humanity spends their days.

When the eccentric creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of fiendish puzzles, based on his obsession with the pop culture of decades past. Whoever is first to solve them will inherit his vast fortune--and control of the OASIS itself.

Then Wade cracks the first clue. Suddenly he's beset by rivals who'll kill to take this prize. The race is on--and the only way to survive is to win.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Entertainment Weekly * San Francisco Chronicle * Village Voice * Chicago Sun-Times * iO9 * The AV Club

"Delightful . . . the grown-up's Harry Potter." -- HuffPost

"An addictive read . . . part intergalactic scavenger hunt, part romance, and all heart." --CNN

"A most excellent ride . . . Cline stuffs his novel with a cornucopia of pop culture, as if to wink to the reader." -- Boston Globe

"Ridiculously fun and large-hearted . . . Cline is that rare writer who can translate his own dorky enthusiasms into prose that's both hilarious and compassionate." --NPR

"[A] fantastic page-turner . . . starts out like a simple bit of fun and winds up feeling like a rich and plausible picture of future friendships in a world not too distant from our own." -- iO9

Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2011.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307887436
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 25 cm.


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Fun! Fun! and more Fun! Ready by Wil Wheaton, this is a sci-fi love letter to the 1980's and video game culture.

July 2018 - a humorous sci fi adventure

Wil Wheaton narrates this fun, nostalgia-filled sci fi romp!

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LPL_PolliK Apr 10, 2015

Fast pasted, 80's soaked sci-fi, and I don't read sci-fi! The audio book is great - read by Wesley Crusher, er, Will Wheaton!

Ready Player One is more of a sci-fi oriented tale reminiscent of Harry Potter and all of his quests. With an underdog hero you can root for, you will want to pack your bags and move to this world!

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Feb 11, 2020

"Going outside is highly overrated."

What a fun ride Ready Player One was, even though I'm not a gamer and I'm far from being a young adult, haha. I. Loved. This. Book. It’s was so much fun, was fast-paced and had great characters. The story was filled with 1980s pop culture references: video games, movies, television, and music. If you were an adult in the 80s, don't worry. The trip down Memory Lane will still be a blast! Wade is the perfect, lovable, and unlikely hero to steer you through it all. Loved!

Feb 01, 2020

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline follows Wade Watts on his adventures in the Oasis, an enormous virtual world where nearly everyone spend their days. When It’s creator dies, he leaves behind a series of hidden puzzles and a challenge:Whoever solves the puzzles shall inherit all of his fortune, and the Oasis itself. As the years pass, less and less people are looking for these puzzles as the Oasis is bigger than the real world itself, until Wade Watts discovers the first clue. I personally enjoyed this book very much. It would keep me up until 2 in the morning, because I always needed to know what would happen next. Cline taps into endless amounts of nostalgia, and writes in such a way that it feels like every reference should be there rather than just chucking them in for the sake of it. The storyline is something that never feels old, with surprises and suspense consistently making every part interesting and engaging. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of 80’s culture, video games, and/or wants a fresh imaginative tale that is a joy to read. 5/5 stars.
@ANIMAL279 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jan 31, 2020

It seemed fun at first, but the heavy reliance on nostalgic references became utterly exhausting about 100 pages into the novel. I attempted to complete this book, but the peripheral characters were uninspiring and lacked imagination which lead to a boring and pointless reading experience.

lgmosher Dec 28, 2019

At first Cline had me in deep. The video gamers after the money and the poor kid that is going to find it because no one cares to notice him...

What did me in about the entire book was the lack of respect that the author showed. Not his specific characters but in his writing style.

Every character was belittling and nasty, specifically where hope and religion came in. And those that did have said characteristics were bashed into oblivion while the chose to believe in those things.

I couldn't finish it. I have friends that loved it but I couldnt handle the disrespect and down right fight in each and every word that Cline wrote.

Dec 19, 2019

This book is amazing, so filled with fun references, clever lines, epic stakes, a great installment in the growing genre of video game fiction.

Nov 14, 2019

Like many destitute folks, Wade lives in a rickety tower of stacked mobile homes, along with his indifferent aunt and other assorted riffraff. To escape the misery of his immediate environment he has fashioned a secret hideout where he can attend school and instead live his life online logged in to OASIS, the immersive and seemingly infinite global virtual reality. In addition to the socializing, exploring, entertainment and commerce aspects of OASIS, it also hosts a puzzle inspired by 1980s pop culture that for years no one has yet been able to solve. For someone like Wade, the reward for winning this global competition would be utterly life-changing.

Despite an endless series of too-good-to-be-true circumstances, this was a pretty fun and adventurous romp. It was fun to revisit some of the memorable technologies of my own childhood. Arm yourself with a healthy suspension of disbelief and be prepared to withstand the smugness of the protagonist, then enjoy!

Nov 04, 2019

sci fi cool stuff about 80's video games

Nov 03, 2019


Oct 29, 2019

I thought it was really different from the book. But of course the book was better.

Sep 17, 2019

Some troll is going around marking comments as spoilers. Uncool. So Uncool. I love this book and put a lot of effort into reading it. Now some smart alec is trying to ruin my comment. Well done. Great book and movie but the stories are way different. Sort of like Forrest Gump.

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Oct 28, 2017

“‘You mentioned that once on your blog. Two years ago.’ I almost cited the date of the actual blog entry before I realized it would make me sound even more like a cyber-stalking super-creep.”

Oct 28, 2017

"This ‘girl,’ whom I’d been cyber-crushing on for the past three years, might very well be an obese, hairy-knuckled guy named Chuck."

Oct 28, 2017

"Once I’d done my homework on Sorrento, I felt like I was ready to sit down with the devil."

Oct 28, 2017

"If I couldn't reach it on my own, I didn't deserve it at all."

Oct 28, 2017

"When it came to my research, I never took any shortcuts."

Oct 28, 2017

"... can we adjourn the Mutual Admiration Society ...?

Oct 28, 2017

"Dual zones permitted the use of both magic and technology, and null zones didn’t allow either. There were pacifist zones where no player-versus-player combat was allowed, and player-versus-player zones where it was every avatar for themselves."

Oct 28, 2017

Parzival: "The female of the species has always found me repellent."
Art3mis: "I don't find you repellent."

Oct 28, 2017

"I’d heard all the clichéd warnings about the perils of falling for someone you only knew online, but I ignored them. I decided that whoever Art3mis really was, I was in love with her. I could feel it, deep in the soft, chewy caramel center of my being."

Oct 28, 2017

"She was wearing evening attire: a gunmetal blue dress that looked like it was — spray-painted on."

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Sep 24, 2018

Coarse Language: By the 2nd page, there is already some coarse language, but not extremely bad

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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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.

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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