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Ready Player One: A Novel by Ernest Cline
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Ready Player One: A Novel (original 2011; edition 2012)

by Ernest Cline (Author)

Series: Ready Player One (1)

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"In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the Oasis. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines -- puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win -- and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape"--Page 2 of cover.… (more)
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Title:Ready Player One: A Novel
Authors:Ernest Cline (Author)
Info:Ballantine Books (2012), Edition: 32089th, 384 pages
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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (2011)

  1. 284
    Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (2seven, whymaggiemay)
    whymaggiemay: Both about teens fighting back against the greater power using computers.
  2. 200
    Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (jbgryphon)
    jbgryphon: RPO's OASIS owes it's existence as much to Neil Stephenson's Metaverse as to the miriad of geek universes that are included in it.
  3. 170
    Neuromancer by William Gibson (jbgryphon)
    jbgryphon: Gibson's Matrix and Stephenson's Metaverse are as much the basis for OASIS as any of the geek universes that are included in it.
  4. 100
    Reamde by Neal Stephenson (Anonymous user)
  5. 102
    Scott Pilgrim vs. The World by Bryan Lee O'Malley (quenstalof)
    quenstalof: Both show classic video game inspiration
  6. 70
    Halting State by Charles Stross (ahstrick)
  7. 60
    Daemon by Daniel Suarez (bikeracer4487)
  8. 50
    Armada by Ernest Cline (brakketh)
    brakketh: Both books focus on 1980s culture, similar narrative ark for isolated teen to hero.
  9. 116
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (sturlington)
    sturlington: Ready Player One reminded me of a grown-up version of this classic.
  10. 40
    City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams (infjsarah)
  11. 20
    Erebos by Ursula Poznanski (aliklein)
  12. 20
    Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd by Holly Black (quenstalof)
  13. 20
    Constellation Games by Leonard Richardson (TomWaitsTables)
  14. 20
    For the Win by Cory Doctorow (simon_carr)
  15. 53
    The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks (GD2020)
  16. 20
    Wyrm by Mark Fabi (slagolas, slagolas, Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Players inserted into a virtual world with real world stakes, and littered with cultural references.
  17. 20
    Warcross by Marie Lu (deslivres5)
    deslivres5: dystopian society with virtual reality
  18. 10
    You by Austin Grossman (Anonymous user)
  19. 10
    Press Start to Play by Daniel H. Wilson (erikrebooted)
    erikrebooted: Similar subject matter -- where video games are more than they seem.
  20. 43
    Kiln People by David Brin (freddlerabbit)

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good book. lots of geek stuff. really picks up in the 2nd half and all the feels toward the end. ( )
  Joy_Bush | Jul 22, 2021 |
Wade Watts is a nerd, and lives his life as an avatar (Parzival, a takeoff of Percival, the knight of Arthurian legend), where he attends a virtual school in a multiplayer online universe called OASIS. The creator of OASIS, James Halliday dies and creates a game to inherit his wealth and control of OASIS. Gunters like Wade and his virtual friends (and competitors) Aech and Art3mis have to battle a corporate giant IOI, led by the villian Sorrento to find three keys, open three gates, and find the hidden egg. There is an enormous amount of 80's trivia, ranging from music to movies to culture to technolgy to video games: clearly Cline was into this stuff personally or did a lot of research (although I suspect the former.) A bit predictable at times, but kind of fun. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
I may be over my head with all the video game references but I was alive in the 80s so should be able to "get it".

Updated, finished it last week, would recommend this to anyone with a nostalgic bone in their body. One caveat: Rush!

This was an amusing audio book, sweet and funny and very meta ( )
  flemertown | Jul 10, 2021 |
Great story premise, fun nostalgia, but terribly written. The dialog is terrible and one review stated it best by comparing it to a joke, if you have to explain everything then it ruins the joke. Very disappointing. ( )
  hvector | Jul 10, 2021 |
4.5 stars ( )
  HLWard94 | Jul 7, 2021 |
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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.
 
"Cline is an ingenious conjurer talented at translating high concept into compelling storytelling."
added by bookfitz | editUSA Today, Don Oldenburg (Aug 21, 2011)
 
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)
 
"Video-game players embrace the quest of a lifetime in a virtual world; screenwriter Cline’s first novel is old wine in new bottles. "
added by bookfitz | editKirkus Reviews (May 1, 2011)
 

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Cline, Ernestprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brand, ChristopherCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fowler, RalphDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Funioková, NaďaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Massey, JimCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mäkelä, J. PekkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mičkal, JiříCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riffel, HannesÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riffel, SaraÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rothfuss, PatrickIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spini, L.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wheaton, WilNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whiskytree IncCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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"In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the Oasis. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines -- puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win -- and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape"--Page 2 of cover.

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