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Ready Player One

Cline, Ernest (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Ready Player One


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"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 "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
Authors: Cline, Ernest
Title: Ready player one
Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 374 p. ;,24 cm.
Summary: ["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, "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]
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ISBN: 9780307887436
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This book reads easy like a Young Adult book, except a Young Adult would not get any of the references or nostalgia.

Report This Jan 02, 2014
  • GuyN rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I found this book interesting in two ways. Its depiction of a dystopia in the near future where nearly everybody lives and works onlive in avatar form nearly all their waking hours, made me think a bit about how close we are coming to that. The other, less important food for thought is, " What makes gamers tick?" Unfortunately the answer to that question in this book is "playing ancient video games with a knowlege of geek 80s trivia must save the world from an evil corporation".

Report This Dec 06, 2013
  • miss_moneypenny rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Some women read trashy romance as a guilty pleasure, but I prefer light-hearted geeky sic-fi. And this one definitely satisfied. Although sometimes it got a little too cheesy, even for me. I wasn't familiar with some of the video games, but it was still a great "adventure" read.

Report This Nov 24, 2013
  • siharris rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book deserves it's plaudits. An essentially light hearted SF action romp loaded with 80's pop culture references. I picked this book up of a dystopian SF reading list but that type of label is kinda misleading as for much of the book Cline's bleak near future takes a back seat to the online escapism of the OASIS. It's a well enough written and so much fun that most people could pick this up and enjoy it, but if like me you can remember playing your mates at Joust, or painstakingly picking your way through archaic text adventure games then this really pushes those nostalgia buttons and be slotted right into your "must read" box.

Report This Nov 14, 2013
  • lisahiggs rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE. If you like masturbating and you like video games, you’ll love spending 400 pages reading the literary equivalent of jerking off to geek culture. 80s movies, EverQuest, Wil Wheaton, the concept of the Internet as a utopia, this book is ripe with nostalgia for the good old early 2000s. Reading this tribute to the golden heyday of being a late 70s / early 80s kid on the Internet during the few years the Internet was good was the most fun I’ve had since playing EverQuest, but as if any of these things would still be relevant in 2044. EverQuest isn’t even relevant now, to my chagrin; I spent five years of my life absorbed in that damn game. I also spent hours absorbed in this spirited novel.

A modern 80's pop culture tour de-force. Few novels I have read, strike me (and I was struck) with a fervor of page turning fun, such as this one did. Press start to begin.

Report This Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book is a geektacular love song to '80's pop culture, injection-molded into the form of the classic "folk-hero-makes-it-big" story. Don't expect a huge amount of emotional depth from this book, but do expect to stay up late reading to see how Wade solves the next clue. A feel-good, high-action read for those who appreciate the many-splendored thing which is geekery.

Report This Sep 17, 2013
  • jgmccarn rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I dug this sci-fi book! It is a light but engaging read. The story is a fun romp loaded with 80s and video game culture. There had been a game tie-in with a chance to win a DeLorean when the book first came out! -so perfect!

Report This Sep 16, 2013
  • coffeygrl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I thought this was a really interesting read. The story was engaging and entertaining. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes '80s pop culture and/or a good adventure story. Very immersive and detail oriented.

Report This Aug 23, 2013
  • Manisphere rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I didn't like one single thing about Ready Player One. Not a thing. Not the weak prose or the weak story. Maybe it's because I don't play video games. I just can't find things that happen in a video game interesting to read. I was there for the whole of the 80's. There were good times and some good music. But it was a silly decade and we kind of knew it at the time. Why didn't the author embrace pop culture as a whole? Why the 80's only? It was one example of the narrow thinking in this book. And without spoiling anything there is a really weird race message towards the end of the book that the author doesn't follow up on.

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Report This Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Apr 09, 2013
  • sbn_kc rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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  • Michael Colford rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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