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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One (2011)

by Ernest Cline

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Ready Player One is the kind of book that has a lot of hype around it, and, because it's classified as YA, I passed it over. I wrongly assumed that it was another Ender's Game. I had also read somewhere that it was Dystopian. As much as I love The Hunger Games and a couple of other Dystopian stories, I feel like it has become a bit overdone lately. However, one of my professors recommended it to me, and there was no way I wasn't going to check this book out.

Yes, technically this a Dystopian novel, but it's also a whole lot more. It's a tribute to my '80s childhood and involves much of my favorite music, movies, and video games. At the same time, it shows the reader the horrible ways life as we know it can go to pot, and there doesn't need to be a super bug or nuclear war for that to happen. It also doesn't necessarily have to be far into the future or involve the complete loss of knowledge about how things used to be.

All around, Ready Player One is a geek's Science Fiction dream. There is a ridiculous number of geek and '80s culture references throughout the book, but you don't have to be a geek or have lived during the '80s to enjoy it. However, if you are a geek or gamer or you grew up during the '80s, you'll probably enjoy this book even more than the intended young adult audience. ( )
  ReadingWench | Oct 8, 2015 |
What a fantastic book. Good pace. Inventive. If you love technology, movies, video games, RPGs, MMORPGs and the like and grew up in the 1970s, 1980s and even 1990s - you may like this book. A lot. ( )
  Pool_Boy | Oct 6, 2015 |
Engaging escapist fare. The set up: a dystopian future, virtual reality gaming, a high stakes quest relying on 1970's-80s video games and pop culture. This is a first novel, and it shows, but there's also a lot of loving attention in the details--references to early video games and the pop culture of the the time. A fast read. ( )
  fphoppe | Oct 6, 2015 |
I wanted to pooh-pooh this book, ask what all the hype was about, but I ended up really enjoying it. Some of the tech detail was over the top for me, sure, but for the most part this book was super fun especially for anyone who grew up in the 80's and 90's. My singular beef? In all this ode to geekdom, there is absolutely zero mention of Doctor Who? I mean, good lord. With all the minute attention to Asian dorkness AND the shout out to Spaced you'd think the longest running dweeb-fest in western culture would get at least...something. But anyway...I forgive but I totally just don't get it.
(And yes I cried when Wade and Samantha finally met!) ( )
  eenerd | Sep 29, 2015 |

This book hit all the right buttons with me. It's a love letter to the 80s, to computer games, roleplaying games, fantasy and science fiction films and comics.

Loved it. This hit every single possible nostalgia string with me.

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  StigE | Sep 15, 2015 |
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Ready Player One borrows liberally from the same Joseph Campbell plot requirements as all the beloved franchises it references, but in such a loving, deferential way that it becomes endearing. There’s a high learning curve to all of the little details Wade throws out about the world, and for anyone who doesn’t understand or love the same sect of pop culture Halliday enjoyed, Ready Player One is a tough read. But for readers in line with Cline’s obsessions, this is a guaranteed pleasure.
The breadth and cleverness of Mr. Cline’s imagination gets this daydream pretty far. But there comes a point when it’s clear that Wade lacks at least one dimension, and that gaming has overwhelmed everything else about this book.
added by zhejw | editNew York Times, Janet Maslin (Aug 14, 2011)

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Brand, ChristopherCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fowler, RalphDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Massey, JimCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wheaton, WilNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

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.

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.

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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… (more)

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