Ready Player One

Ready Player One

[a Novel]

Book - 2011
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Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read

The bestselling cult classic--now 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 2045, 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?

Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers : Broadway Books, ©2011.
ISBN: 9781524763282
Branch Call Number: FICTION CLI
Characteristics: 374 p. ; 25 cm.


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Liesel_C Jan 08, 2018

This debut science fiction novel is set in a virtual reality video game. This book is a must read for children of the 1980s, filled with references to pop culture, science fiction and video games. The film adaptation, directed by Steven Spielberg, is to premiere in March 2018.

A fun, fast paced treasure hunt thrill-ride, with lots of eighties pop-culture references.

This novel, set thirty years in the future, blurs the lines between the real world and virtual reality. It has become a big hit with mainstream fiction readers and genre readers alike...Maybe all any of us want is a good story.

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Jun 12, 2018

Luv'd this book! A real page-turner. Appropriate for anyone 13 years and older. OK - maybe 17 and older (some of the language is a little coarse. ;-) A cleverly done "Hero's Tale". Futuristic while being 1980's nostalgic at the same time. (How does he do that?!) I hope Spielberg does a great job on the 'big showdown' at the 3rd gate. Seems like a ready-made scene for his particular talent.

Jun 10, 2018

i so cant wait for this movie i am going to watch this this with family

Jun 01, 2018

Read in 2011, LOVED IT, then listened to the Wheaties read it. Waited 7 painfully long years for the movie to be made.

May 29, 2018

Actually read audiobook but not listed in this service. I really enjoyed this book and I believe Wil Wheaton did fantastic.

May 24, 2018


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.

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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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