Ready Player One

Ready Player One

eBook - 2011
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"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
"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
Publisher: New York : Crown, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 1 online resource (374 p.)
ISBN: 9780307887450
Additional Contributors: Cline, Ernest


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Jan 12, 2018

You don't have to be a gamer or obsessed with the 80's to become engrossed in Ready Player One. While Austin Cline depends heavily on the 80's to create the atmosphere of the OASIS, it's what happens in the real world and how the OASIS interacts with it that breathes some life into this dystopia. When the only world you and everyone else wants to be in is virtual, how we go about living our lives is drastically altered. What is the value of love, friendship, and even your life?
While I've heard from others that Ready Player One is just a rip-off book about the 80's, I disagree with those people. Ready Player One is about how one person's obsession can be shared with others, that nothing is outdated if you choose to place some value onto it whether it be monetarily, aesthetically, or to sustain your very life.

AshleyF2008 Jan 10, 2018

Ready Player One has an interesting premise and interesting history. However, those things fall apart in dense info dumps and a "Mary Sue" protagonist. Anything Wade needs to accomplish, he is an expert at, even in those moments when others are seemingly more clever and resourceful. Only one thing happens in the book to shake Wade even slightly, though he recovers quicker than I did (which is ridiculous). Wade's obstacles seem to be present more to show the reader how ingenious he is without actually placing him in any danger of failing and the side characters are just puppets to support his success.

Dec 23, 2017

I'm not a gamer and sci-fi is not my genre. "Ready Player One," is a sci-fi book about gamers in the future so by rights I shouldn't have liked the book but here I am ready to rave about it. Wade Watts is the protagonist of the book set in 2044 but since it is based on nostalgia much of it deals with games of the seventies and eighties. I read descriptions of games like "pacman" which even I had played on my Atari 800. While the descriptions are really interesting it is the story which keeps you turning pages. Wade and his friends Eitch, Artemis, and Shato are vying for the holy grail and they have to defeat the bad guys the sixers.WIll they do it? Will good triumph over evil once you start reading I guarantee you'll be hooked and can't put it down till you're at the end. A book which addresses fun, race, gender, and sexual orientation; and above all it's a romance too.

Dec 19, 2017

I grew up playing MMORPG. I stopped after my sophomore year in college. I still would like to continue playing, but being an adult is much more important. Reading Parzival’s adventure gave me youthful nostalgia. I was born in the late 80s so I couldn’t understand most of the 80s reference, but the story line was the main draw.

Nov 07, 2017

The concept of the book seemed interesting, so I checked it out. I have a few problems with how this was written, namely:
1) the propensity to overexplain concepts (such as MMO gaming) multiple times within the same chapter. I found myself yelling “you already told me that!” more than once.
2) a thesaurus was obviously absent from the author’s house. He keeps referring to one character as “Rubenesque,” every single time she’s mentioned.
3) I think the author confused a trailer from a trailer park with RVs.
Predictable, lazy storytelling wrapped in nostalgia.

Oct 30, 2017

Great, engaging book. Not as deep or introspective as some classic Sci-Fi out there, but then again it doesn't really mean to be. Predictable? You can definitely call it that. On the other hand, it's great fun, and a total page turner.

Oct 23, 2017

I have mixed reactions regarding this story. Its an easy, page turning read. It generally follows the Hero's Journey algorithm, though I never got the sense that the protagonist was infallible. I didn't find any real morals to any parts of the story, other than perhaps the future of VR is sad and hollow, not heroic.

Its easy to get mixed up in the 80s nostalgia as a Gen Xer, but at the same time, the references smack as disingenuous. Like episodes of the television program "The Goldbergs," many references are of the design "Do you remember this? Yes? Cool!" The protagonist simply has to have knowledge of the 80s to move on in his quest, not actually solve any mind bending problems.

Overall, good to read at the pool or on the plane, just do not expect any Gibson or Stephenson level cyberpunk sophistication.

Oct 22, 2017

“Ready Player One” is a science fiction by Ernest Cline. It is set in an oddly bureaucratic, capitalistic, dystopian future with a highly advanced virtual reality console called the OASIS. The story follows our main character, Wade Watts as he goes through the struggles of living in poverty and his eventual rise to glory. Despite being set in the future, the book features many 80s pop culture references and is an absolute joy to read if you do understand those references. It is also a good way for people who were born after the 80s to think about what entertainment was like during those times. The characters are mostly well-written, although they would occasionally seem too powerful and unrelatable. The plot is also easy to follow and enjoyable, with a good lesson to learn at the end of it all. In summary, the book is a great, exciting read, which I highly recommend.
- @Orion of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

While I probably was not in the targeted audience for this book, I decided to pick it up anyways. I didn't have trouble understanding the 80s pop culture references in the book as they were way over-explained. Those nostalgic references were all the book relied on, all while being mostly useless to the plot. The plot wasn't complex or inspiring, but interesting enough for me to want to finish the book. After I finished the last page I did not find myself thinking about the book ever again; there was no lasting emotional impact or even a moral lesson to be taught from this book. Ready Player One was a fun and quick read, but that's about it.
- @pastapages of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

jodihaven Oct 18, 2017

This book was full of awesome references to 80s pop culture which I found to be a lot of fun, being an 80s kid myself. For me this was super entertaining and a fast read. Interested in seeing the movie adaptation.

Sep 17, 2017

In my opinion...This could/should be made into a movie! Funny thing is, with VR nowadays...This isn't too far into the actual future we'll be seeing. Maybe not in MY lifetime, but in our Future Generations to come, it may be a possibility?!

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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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Feb 04, 2016

Coarse Language: The usual swearing when frustrated, nothing out of the ordinary.

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