Ready Player One

Ready Player One

A Novel

Book - 2011
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"In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines--puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win--and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape." -- publisher.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2011.
ISBN: 9780307887443
Characteristics: 374 p. ;,25 cm.


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Imagine if Willie Wonka had been a video-game designer. Now imagine a world in which most people spend their time as avatars in a virtual reality. The founder of this virtual reality leaves his fortune to the first to win a contest, comprising puzzles and tasks based on 1980s popular culture. Thr... Read More »

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It is 2044 and the earth is a dismal place with mass globalization, depleted natural resources, world famine, and wars. Those who can, escape into the OASIS, a worldwide digital virtual reality platform and gamers’ paradise. When OASIS creator James Halliday died, he announced that his entire fortune worth billions of dollars would go to the OASIS Avatar who successfully completed a virtual quest steeped in 1980s movies, music, and videogames in search for three hidden keys. Years have gone by and no one has been successful in unravelling the mysterious clues from the deceased Halliday. Ready Player One tells the story of impoverished teenager, tech junkie, and Halliday-obsessed Wade Watts who becomes the first person to successfully seize the first key. As a child of the 80s, I loved the infinite references to 1980s pop culture and even though I’m not a gamer, I was sucked into the action-packed events as Watts and his friends competed against thousands of avatars including the henchmen of a murderous corporation in their race to solve the mysteries of the OASIS and to overcome the bleak realities of earth. (submitted by MR)

Nov 05, 2018

My love for video games has driven me to read this book, which I recently heard that a movie was made after it. I enjoyed most of it, but at some points it was slow and there was a good amount of suggestive content in the book. The conclusion was okay, but it was another one of those 'good predictable happy endings.'

MVBOOKCLUB Sep 26, 2018

This was a surprising one! Sparked some great discussion about the process Halliday used to determine who would inherit his fortune. Overall well received by the group.

Sep 26, 2018

i think the first 60 pages is just info dumping, it was even in the few bits of dialogue.
The MC and his friends were going on about stuff they already know. It's such a lazy way to get information across and very awkward to read.
The characters... all i know is that two of them are chunky.
And the 80's references, oh boy oh boy oh boy, too much man, i just wanted a slice.

I've heard this being called, "Twilight for guys."
Spot on.

Rating: tell me what i know/10

LoganLib_Kylie Sep 07, 2018

I watched the movie first but still thoroughly enjoyed the book afterwards. I recommend both. There were enough differences between them for hem to be enjoyed in their own right.

Sep 01, 2018

Loved this book. Couldn’t put it down, finished it in a day.

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!!

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Sep 24, 2018

Coarse Language: By the 2nd page, there is already some coarse language, but not extremely bad

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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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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