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Ready Player One [Paperback]

Ernest Cline
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18 Aug 2011

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We're out of oil. We've wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS - and his massive fortune - will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle.

Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions - and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Century; First Printing edition (18 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846059372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846059377
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 15 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (386 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 318,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fascinating and imaginative...It's non-stop action when gamers must navigate clever puzzles and outwit determined enemies in a virtual world in order to save a real one. Readers are in for a wild ride." (Terry Brooks, #1 New York Times bestselling author)

"This non-gamer loved every page of Ready Player One." (Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author)

"Ready Player One expertly mines a copious vein of 1980s pop culture, catapulting the reader on a light-speed adventure in an advanced but backward-looking future. If this book were a living room, it would be wood-paneled. If it were shoes, it would be high-tops. And if it were a song, well, it would have to be Eye of the Tiger. I really, really loved it." (Daniel H. Wilson, author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising and Robopocalypse)

"The pure, unfettered brainscream of a child of the 80s, like a dream my 13-year-old self would have had after bingeing on Pop Rocks and Coke...I couldn't put it down." (Charles Ardai, Edgar Award-winning author and producer of Haven)

"Pure geek heaven. Ernest Cline's hero competes in a virtual world with life-and-death stakes -- which is only fitting, because he's fighting to make his dreams into reality. Cline blends a dystopic future with meticulously detailed nostalgia to create a story that will resonate in the heart of every true nerd." (Chris Farnsworth, author of Blood Oath)

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A jaw-droppingly cinematic, genre-busting debut that's part virtual space opera, part classic coming-of-age story, part brilliant pop-culture mash-up

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 7 Feb 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Reading the reviews and the book blurb, most of you are going to think -it doesn't sound like something I'd enjoy. I'm not a gamer, and I didn't grow up in the 80's.
Ignore all that and immerse yourself in this excellent novel set in 2044 where everyone spends most of there time in a virtual world called OASIS, Our hero Wade Watts is looking for the clues to find the 'golden egg' and the fortune of the now dead creator of the OASIS world. He must find 3 keys and 3 gates and undergo a series of tests to progress and win the prize ahead of the corporate monsters striving to change OASIS into a money making machine.
This is one of the most fun and exciting books I've read this year.
Once you start reading this you simply will not want to put it down, the story flows very well and is very entertaining, the only slight criticism would be the seemingly quick ending. The tension could have been built better and the final challenge should have played out longer.
That said, I did read it in 4 sittings it reads quickly like a movie and will definitely make a fantastic movie when and if it eventually gets made.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Miss AL Holloway TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This book comes highly recommended by me to gamers, sci fi fans and geeks everywhere.

I feel as though this book was especially written for people of my generation. Growing up in the 80s I am familiar with a lot of the popular culture referenced here. Oh, and I love gaming. If I'm not actually playing a game then reading about someone else playing one is great.

The story is about Wade, his life is pretty sad, but he copes because he has the OASIS - a virtual world which seems like a future generation of MMO with a touch of second life. Everyone uses it, and everyone knows about the Easter egg that the games creator has hidden somewhere in the OASIS. The story is about Wade and his friends hunting for it. But it is so much more than just a quest for the egg. There are numerous references to popular films, music, games and television, mainly from the 80s era, loads of action, and a few clever twists and turns. I think recognising all the references enhanced my enjoyment of the story, but even without that it is still action packed and very enjoyable. I raced to the end because I loved it so much, then regretted it because I wanted to keep reading.

I hope that Ernest Cline writes many more books in this vein, as I enjoyed this one a lot. I'm now on a quest too, to get all my like minded friends to read this book!
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ULTIMATE NOSTALGIA TRIP FOR Gen-Xers 3 Sep 2011
By NeuroSplicer TOP 500 REVIEWER
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READY PLAYER ONE is one great piece of literature, a book that not only will get hold of you from page one and never let go but it will also speak directly to your soul. At the same time though, Gen-Xers will have the time of their life in a nostalgia trip of the 1980's like no other.

Wade Watts is an 18-year old orphan living with his heartless aunt in a stacked trailer park. He is obese and suffers from acme and severe lack of social skills but to him it matters little because he is almost always online, getting schooled and hanging out with his friends on a massively multiplayer online environment named OASIS.

OASIS consists of a virtually endless number of worlds, some magical, others cyberpunk and yet others approximating the real world. OASIS is a huge success as in 2044, when the gap between the rich and the poor has grown into an unbridgeable chasm and all of the fossil fuels are gone (but not the environmental problems their abuse caused), life is bleak for the great majority of humanity. The only sane refuse is to get lost in this digital heaven.

When James Halliday, the insanely rich and eccentric creator of OASIS, dies he wills his multi-billion company to the first person who will discover the three keys he Easter-egged into his digital universe. So the worldwide stampede of egg-hunters (known as gunters) starts off, people searching for the ultimate video game prize. Their only clues are Halliday's video message and known 80's fixation. With such a global race, a race that takes the masses back to simpler and happier times, the 80's come back in fashion.

Early video games, taking their first steps just out of the primordial sea and capturing the imagination of an entire generation with only some blinking pixels.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Geekfeast for the senses. 22 Aug 2011
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This book is outstanding.

The author is a self confessed supergeek and wrote and directed a film called fanboys about obsessive star wars fans Fanboys [DVD] George Lucas endorsed the film.

The writer realised that nobody was going to allow him to delve into the geek culture as much as he wanted too within a screenplay forum, and had all the ideas about a screenplay based on this story rejected, and so he decided to write this book instead.

The ironic thing is that on the strength of this book it has now secured film rights which were rejected as an original screenplay idea and the author will now write the screenplay as well.

Im a bit hesitant to go into a lengthy review as i dont believe that anything i write can possibly put into words how great it is.

18 year old Wade Watts is an overweight supergeek that spends most of his life jacked into the Oasis, a virtual life that you access via a headset that displays the world directly onto your retinas and gloves (think caprica visors).
When the owner and creator of oasis dies he leaves a will stating that he has hidden 3 keys in the middle of his game that once gotten will give the winner sole ownership of the oasis.

As you can well imagine gamers all over the world go into a frenzy trying to discover the keys based on clues that the owner James Halliday had left and nobody finds anything for 5 years, until Wade suddenly discovers the location of the 1st key.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a fun dystopian adventure
this book was a pleasant surprise. Being someone that grew up in the 90's playing a lot of retro games in my time made this such a fun adventure(although im sure it would be great... Read more
Published 4 days ago by lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
Enjoyed every second of this book. It took me back to the beginning of the computer game age and brought back long forgotten memories of my 1980s. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Simps
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent
I'm not normally a fast reader but I zipped through this one in no time. I did enjoy all the game and film references but then I am a child of the 80's, not sure those born much... Read more
Published 7 days ago by andyluvsfilms
5.0 out of 5 stars ace!
Incredibly gripping. Best book I've read for a long time. A must for video game fans and pop culture obsessives alike!
Published 8 days ago by Mr. Samuel Clements
5.0 out of 5 stars An
A heartfelt love story to the 80's. If you were a child of that decade then this book is a must read. That or you have no friendliness in you at all
Published 11 days ago by Blig78
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for geeks.
Great book. It does feel like a bit of a guilty pleasure as it makes you feel like a nerd whilst reading. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Darren Connor
2.0 out of 5 stars Over-hyped, over-rated, over-egged
I was recommended this novel by an employee at a book store while I was buying David Brin's Existence, which was a little odd because those two books probably couldn't be farther... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Adam Ridley
4.0 out of 5 stars easy
A great read, but a little easy. Fun adventure but definitely light hearted. Young adult fiction maybe? I would recommend.
Published 15 days ago by euan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for gamers.
I loved this book. Full of gaming nostalgia. Fantastic.
Published 16 days ago by Hugh Gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best scifi book I have read this year
One of the best scifi book I have read this year . Worth reading, it won't change your world or blow your mind but will entertain you for a day or two.
Published 19 days ago by Mark Hearty
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