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Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
Ready Player One
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A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready? 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... show more
A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready? 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. 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.
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Format: BOOK
ISBN: 9780307887450 (0307887456)
ASIN: FY_HWAcm10MC
Publisher: Crown
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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OstensiblyA
OstensiblyA rated it
4.0 Finished — Man, I liked this.
I really did. Even though it's first person (blah). I enjoyed the creativity of the story and the world-building. I loved the 80s references (great music mix!). It was just a very enjoyable story to listen to. The only downsides for me was my dislike of Wade's love interest. I thought she was an ass...
Can't Stop the Signal
Can't Stop the Signal rated it
3.0 Ready Player One
Fun futuro-nostalgic romp through eighties pop culture and a bleak techno future. Simplistic storyline and relatively two-dimensional characters ruins what could have been a great thriller, along with a couple of moments where suspension of disbelief is hard to achieve.
ashwednesday
ashwednesday rated it
3.5 A Book That Made Me Wish I Was Older
***WARNING: Mild Overshare Ahead *** There, inside the game's two-dimensional universe, life was simple: It's just you against the machine. Move with your left hand, shoot with your right, and try to stay alive as long as possible. Au contraire, amigo. My ex-boyfriend tried to get me in on World of ...
Reading Through The World
Reading Through The World rated it
4.0 Ready Player One
This book is an 80's geek's paradise. I grew up on video games, D&D, and John Hughes movies, and I want to have this book's babies. Not everyone will appreciate this book, but 90% of the references made me squeal with delight. And I loved the plot, pacing, and even the clever dialogue. Read this...
JennyJen
JennyJen rated it
5.0 Ready Player One
NERDALICIOUS and TOTALLY RAD. Review to come.
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