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Ready Player One

2011 . Fiction, Science Fiction . Ernest Cline

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981K total

About the book

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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 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.    A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?

Year:

2011

Language:

English

Publisher:

Crown Publishers

Pages:

374

ISBN:

030788743X (ISBN13: 9780307887436)

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Reviews

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Harkanwar Anand

5 months ago

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I can’t believe I finished this in one day. It was not different from a drug binge. Loved it. Related to it as I’m a total tech geek and pop culture god

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Anne Bach

2 years ago

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Heard this as an audiobook read by Wil Wheaton (funny cause he is mentioned in the book) Great story and very nostalgic if you experienced 80s pop culture. Great book - stay away from the movie though ;-)

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Anna Cario

1 month ago

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I love the pop culture references And cute romance

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Gabby Nicole

6 months ago

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Reading this when it came out was so cool. Way better than the movie and so much detail. Amazing

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jeb busbin

7 months ago

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If you love sci fi and video games you will love this book. It's short bit great overall

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Dan Hodson

7 months ago

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Love it! Just a massive nostalgia-fest wrapped up in a good story.

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Ash Campbell

8 months ago

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I couldn’t put it down it had a great story and an immersive setting. It was a fantastic book.

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Elliot C image

2 years ago

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Charming page-turner if you want a quick read. Beats the movie by a long shot.

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Anthony Young

9 months ago

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Great read

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