Ready Player OneBook - 2011
#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
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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.
LPL_EliH Nov 03, 2017
July 2018 - a humorous sci fi adventure
Wil Wheaton narrates this fun, nostalgia-filled sci fi romp!
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!
LPL_KimberlyL May 21, 2016
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!
From the critics
AgeAdd Age Suitability
green_elephant_1823 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over
black_tiger_591 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 30
blue_panda_5160 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 46
white_gorilla_48 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over
QuotesAdd a Quote
“‘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.”
"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."
"Once I’d done my homework on Sorrento, I felt like I was ready to sit down with the devil."
"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."
Parzival: "The female of the species has always found me repellent."
Art3mis: "I don't find you repellent."
"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."
"She was wearing evening attire: a gunmetal blue dress that looked like it was — spray-painted on."
Coarse Language: By the 2nd page, there is already some coarse language, but not extremely bad
Coarse Language: Corse language infrequent but makes this book unsuitable for under 13 years.
SummaryAdd a Summary
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.