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
ISBN: 9780307887450
Characteristics: 1 online resource (374 p.)
Call Number: eBook


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Perhaps the most popular virtual reality book currently available, Ready Player One cheerfully looks at pop culture's history in the 80s while looking forward to the possibilities of virtual reality.

March 29. A better reality awaits.

Wade Watts attempts to find the valuable Easter egg in a virtual-reality world called OASIS, risking his life to win the ultimate prize. The film's scheduled release date is March 30, 2018

Releasing March 30th, starring Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke.

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Aug 08, 2018

The book and more polished film differ in reasonable ways, but the core lessons of not judging by appearances and loyalty to friends are consistent. The book spends a lot of time describing how restrictively poor Wade is, so it has a harder time than the film making his rise to gunter fame believable but does give Wade's companions more credit. The challenges do differ but the car race found only in the film was cooler. Regardless, the author has done an impressive amount of '80s research and I can't help but feel nostalgic.

Aug 06, 2018

This is a fun easy read. Lots of references to 80s music, games and movies. I saw the movie first and then read to book. Don't worry if you have also because while the movie and book have the same concept there is a lot different between the two that you'll have surprises with the book.

Jun 27, 2018

Like junk food, it's super easy to consume, lacks substances, and forces you to question your life choices afterwards.

Jun 26, 2018

I thought I wouldn’t like this book and I loved it!!

Jun 25, 2018

Great read for anyone who loves the 80's and old video games, good nostalgic moments.

Jun 12, 2018

Luv'd this book! A real page-turner. Appropriate for anyone 13 years and older. OK - maybe 17 and older (some of the language is a little coarse. ;-) A cleverly done "Hero's Tale". Futuristic while being 1980's nostalgic at the same time. (How does he do that?!) I hope Spielberg does a great job on the 'big showdown' at the 3rd gate. Seems like a ready-made scene for his particular talent.

Jun 01, 2018

Read in 2011, LOVED IT, then listened to the Wheaties read it. Waited 7 painfully long years for the movie to be made.

May 29, 2018

Actually read audiobook but not listed in this service. I really enjoyed this book and I believe Wil Wheaton did fantastic.

May 24, 2018


May 18, 2018

As a grandmother I really didn't think I would enjoy this book. My kids were teenagers in the 80s so I had seen them play the games in the story. But I did like the book!! I was kept reading by the story and the game within a game. Hard to believe that only Wade could find the three keys, so was happy to see his friends get key two first. Sometimes I forgot if we were in the game or real life. I plan to watch the movies written about in the book again mainly "WarGames". I say read this book with an open mind and you will really enjoy it. And you don't have to be a gamer or a teenager to like it!

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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.

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

In 2044, reality is a grim place plagued by poverty, shortages and unemployment. Fortunately, people don't have to live in the real world anymore -- most entertainment, business and social interaction takes place in OASIS, a virtual world of amazing scope and detail. But now, OASIS will become the setting for an unprecedented battle royale. The creator of OASIS, upon his death, promised to give control of all his wealth, and his world, to the player who could complete a series of challenges based on his favorite movies and video games. For five years, nobody found anything...until Wade Watts, a 17-year-old, level-three nobody stumbles upon the first clue. Suddenly he's a celebrity with a shot at everything he's ever wanted -- but his opponents will stop at nothing, including murder, to see that he doesn't win.

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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Mar 05, 2018

Coarse Language: Corse language infrequent but makes this book unsuitable for under 13 years.

Feb 04, 2016

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


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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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