Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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"An exuberantly realized, exciting, and sweet-natured cyber-quest. Cline's imaginative and rollicking coming-of-age geek saga has a smash-hit vibe."--Booklist, starred review
"Ready Player One takes place in the not-so-distant future--the world has turned into a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia. People can plug into OASIS to play, go to school, earn money, and even meet other people (or at least they can meet their avatars), and for protagonist Wade Watts it certainly beats passing the time in his grim, poverty-stricken real life. Along with millions of other world-wide citizens, Wade dreams of finding three keys left behind by James Halliday, the now-deceased creator of OASIS and the richest man to have ever lived. The keys are rumored to be hidden inside OASIS, and whoever finds them will inherit Halliday's fortune. But Halliday has not made it easy. And there are real dangers in this virtual world. Stuffed to the gills with action, puzzles, nerdy romance, and 80s nostalgia, this high energy cyber-quest will make geeks everywhere feel like they were separated at birth from author Ernest Cline."--Chris Schluep, Amazon Best Book of the Month
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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The hunt for the ultimate Easter egg in a virtual reality simulator, and the player who can can find it first inherits the entire OASIS.

Video games, 1980s pop culture references, a futuristic setting, and accessible humor make this title a hit with adult/YA crossover appeal. In the year 2044, the world is suffering from a global energy crisis. Wade escapes his grim reality by gaming in a virtual utopia called OASIS. The stakes ge... Read More »

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MVBOOKCLUB Sep 26, 2018

This was a surprising one! Sparked some great discussion about the process Halliday used to determine who would inherit his fortune. Overall well received by the group.

Sep 26, 2018

i think the first 60 pages is just info dumping, it was even in the few bits of dialogue.
The MC and his friends were going on about stuff they already know. It's such a lazy way to get information across and very awkward to read.
The characters... all i know is that two of them are chunky.
And the 80's references, oh boy oh boy oh boy, too much man, i just wanted a slice.

I've heard this being called, "Twilight for guys."
Spot on.

Rating: tell me what i know/10

LoganLib_Kylie Sep 07, 2018

I watched the movie first but still thoroughly enjoyed the book afterwards. I recommend both. There were enough differences between them for hem to be enjoyed in their own right.

Sep 01, 2018

Loved this book. Couldn’t put it down, finished it in a day.

Aug 08, 2018

The book and more polished film differ in reasonable ways, but the core lessons of not judging by appearances and loyalty to friends are consistent. The book spends a lot of time describing how restrictively poor Wade is, so it has a harder time than the film making his rise to gunter fame believable but does give Wade's companions more credit. The challenges do differ but the car race found only in the film was cooler. Regardless, the author has done an impressive amount of '80s research and I can't help but feel nostalgic.

Aug 06, 2018

This is a fun easy read. Lots of references to 80s music, games and movies. I saw the movie first and then read to book. Don't worry if you have also because while the movie and book have the same concept there is a lot different between the two that you'll have surprises with the book.

Jun 27, 2018

Like junk food, it's super easy to consume, lacks substances, and forces you to question your life choices afterwards.

Jun 26, 2018

I thought I wouldn’t like this book and I loved it!!

Jun 25, 2018

Great read for anyone who loves the 80's and old video games, good nostalgic moments.

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.

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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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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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