Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Book - 2011
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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 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 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?



Baker & Taylor
Immersing himself in a mid-twenty-first-century technological virtual utopia to escape an ugly real world of famine, poverty, and disease, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world's creator.

Baker
& Taylor

Immersing himself in a mid-21st-century technological virtual utopia to escape an ugly real world of famine, poverty and disease, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world's super-wealthy creator, who has promised that the winner will be his heir. (This book was previously listed in Forecast.)

Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307887436
Branch Call Number: FIC Cline
Characteristics: 374 p. ; 25 cm

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AL_TIEGAN Jul 24, 2017

It's the year 2044 and the world is obsessed with 1980s pop culture. Why? Because James Halliday, the man who created the ever popular OASIS (video game/simulated reality) died and left the OASIS and his humongous fortune to the person who is able to find the Easter egg he hid in the OASIS. To find the egg, a player must uncover three different keys and solve different kinds of puzzles. There are many levels players will stoop to in order to find the keys and win Halliday's fortune.

KateHillier May 30, 2017

I wasn't going to give this 5 stars but hey, this book has kept me up and reading way past my bedtime and haunted my brain whenever I wasn't reading it so that's five stars on its own if nothing else.

Ready Player One is uncomfortably familiar in that as much as the overwhelming nitpicking of different, specific movies and shows and games and the obsession people in this book have with watching movies over and over again and reciting dialogue and all that fun stuff annoyed me and made me roll I had to come to terms with the fact that I am also that person. Not in everything here for sure but definitely a lot of it. I hope I don't sound as tedious to anyone who has to listen to me.

Once I got through my discomfort at that bit of unanticipated personal reflection I really enjoyed this story. Is it predictable? Yeah, it follows an arc we've seen many times before and there are hills and valleys in the story at expected points but you don't care about that as you're reading it. Much like OASIS itself this book is totally immersive and you're hanging on each word and each clue and each quest as much as the characters are. This level of obsession and detail and reverence to a fandom is either going to speak to you or its not and nothing I say will change that.

It was a blast to read. Even the bits that sort of made me gag (romance! Such awkward teenage, gamer romance!) but hey, it was true to life and it gave me the warm and fuzziest in the last bit for sure because as much as the internet can be divisive, we're a big family who stands together when we need to stand up. That gives hope for even the dystopian future real world that we barely get to see.

I'm way late to the game on this one but pick it up if you haven't yet. It's worth it.

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obtusata
Apr 23, 2017

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I'm not a gamer, nor particularly enthralled with the 80's (though, I'm old enough to be quite familiar with it). But, the premise, world (real and virtual) and characters were all interesting. The book has plenty of adventure and fun 80's facts.

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susan_findlay
Apr 14, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I was sad when it was over. The world is plausible and the villains sufficiently powerful and scary. The main character is well developed and easy to relate to. The story is well paced and compelling.

The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it didn't capture me emotionally - but I didn't want to put it down.

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jacksonbates
Apr 04, 2017

This was a lot of fun, and I genuinely couldn't put it down.

I'm a mid-level geek with a moderate interest in most of the things mentioned in the novel. From that perspective all the little hat-tips and winks were quite enjoyable.

The one downside for me was that Wade is a pretty unlikeable character. His infatuation with Art3mis is cringeworthy. Were it not for the fact that she challenges him on it a few times, I would have stopped reading long before the end. Still, I would have preferred that she either really tore in to him for the ways in which his infantile crush was presented, or that Cline had made Wade less of a douche all round.

It would have been cool to have more action in the real world - especially given the exhortation at the end for Wade to spend more time in it. Also, him running around as a high level warrior Mage for most of the story kinda robs us of any real sense that he is ever in danger - having more action in the real world could have upped the stakes, since there he is just a vulnerable kid.

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mdealbrown
Mar 25, 2017

Extreamly amazing. I read the first 20 minutes of it (I read the audible book)
And it completely had me hooked. From then on no matter what I was doing I was constantly reading it. It talks about a boy in the year 2044 and his virtual reality video game that the entire world uses called the oasis. I am a 10-year-old and I extremely recommend this book!!!

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MHanover10
Mar 16, 2017

I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this book and I really did. I listened to it at work and sometimes when I do that, I only hear 80% of the book. This one captured my attention and held it. So glad I picked this one up.

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lucyliu6
Mar 07, 2017

We all want "Ready Player Two"

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carolinekulits
Mar 04, 2017

Ready Player One truly caters to every audience, whether that be the avid gamer, the fan of sarcastic teen comedies, or anyone reminiscing about the good old days. This book is the definition of a page turner, and I couldn't put it down until I finished. Ready Player One chronicles the story of Wade Watts, an antisocial,18-year-old orphan living in the year 2044. In this future, reality has become too painful for much of the population to face, so instead they retreat to the OASIS, a fully immersive virtual world. When the affluent owner and creator of the OASIS dies unexpectedly with no heir, his fortune is left to the lucky finder of a series of Easter Eggs he has hidden within the OASIS. Wade Watts, along with hundreds of thousands of others, dedicates every waking moment to finding the prize. Hence, the search is on.

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Jodi13
Feb 27, 2017

If you love 80s entertainment trivia, especially video games, you will love this book. Plus it's dystopian storytelling at it's best!

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KeenaL
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.

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sbn_kc
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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britprincess1ajax
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.”

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_Dexel11_
Aug 13, 2016

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

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Gr4c13
Feb 04, 2016

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

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