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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

by Ernest Cline

Quick take

If you accessed the simulation with a new state-of-the-art immersion rig, it was almost impossible to tell the OASIS from reality.

Why I love it

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This book perfectly predicts the world's future in 2044. Or, more precisely: assuming we're all going to be spending our waking hours plugged into a virtual reality video game solving puzzles in search of the key to control of the internet, it'll probably play out just the way this book says. Ready Player One is a fantastical trip into our collective gamer-geek future, all wrapped up in a nostalgic homage to Atari-style video games and 1980?s pop culture. (Joust anyone? Q-Bert?) It?s a grand adventure where the future of the world can only be saved by teenage avatars, who also happen to fall in love. C'mon: what's better than that?

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In the year 2045, 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.

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  • 72% Love
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  • 3% Dislike
  • Richmond, VA

    Exciting & visually engaging: a book you’d love to see on the big screen (but, don’t, I tried to, and ugh!): that’s just how enthralling the descriptions and details are: u can “see” it while reading.

  • Cement City, MI

    I won’t lie, I watched the movie before reading the book and no surprise, the book was way better. I felt like I was in the OASIS or at IOI headquarters because of the detailed descriptions. I ❤️ it!

  • Ellettsville, IN

    Thought I’d skip this and move to the 2nd book since I’ve seen the movie - I’m so glad I didn’t! So different than the movie, both in good/not so good ways. Excellent book, excited to read the 2nd!

  • Clemson, SC

    Ready Player One is a fantastic combination of dystopian futuristic sci-fi and late 20th century nostalgia, and once it gets its hooks in you, you won’t be able to put the book down until it’s over.

  • Lake Forest Park, WA

    So. Much. Fun. Especially if you were a kid in the 80’s, as I was. Loved all the pop culture references and the humor. Kinda over descriptive at times but world building was excellent. Love the audio!

  • Bowling Green, KY

    Read on my kindle but knew I needed the BOTM copy as this in my opinion is going to be a “classic”. It is just so good and has so many themes to it but gets you so enthralled with the games aspect.

  • New Braunfels, TX

    I loved the movie, and—of course—the book was even better!! SO unbelievably different from the movie. The descriptions were so in-depth! If you’re debating “because you saw the movie,” GET IT.

  • Fargo, ND

    Even if you aren’t into geeky, sci-fi stories, this will still be a fun read! It’s action packed with random twists to keep audiences of all genders and ages intrigued and invested through the book.

  • Henrico, VA

    Ready Player One meets its well-earned hype. With its many 1980s pop culture references, the book is a nostalgic read. I loved following along with Wade and his friends as they solved Halliday’s game.

  • plano, TX

    Super easy and interesting read. Good for a pool day when you just want something to zoom through. Sometimes the references are a little much, but I am also a 90’s kid and only got about 85% of them.

  • Hillsboro, OR

    Loved it! Took me so long to get into as I had already seen the movie and loved it, but halfway through, I couldn’t put it down. The book ended up being so different than the movie (and much better).

  • Howell, MI

    LOVED this book! The dystopian concept feels alarmingly like a near reality. The characters are complex and truly likable, flaws and all. I loved all the twists and turns! Didn't want the book to end!

  • Fleming Island, FL

    It took me a while to really get invested in the book but once I did I could not put it down. A wildly creative and futuristic story about gaming that made you feel like you were wearing the visor too

  • East Brunswick, NJ

    A truckload of 80s references littered throughout the engaging story of a young man who finds his stride in a virtual scavenger hunt with an epic prize. What's not to love? Gimme all that 80s goodness

  • Sioux Falls, SD

    I did go see the movie first and absolutely loved it. So of course I needed to experience the print for myself. I have very little experience with the 80s, but you don't need to to really enjoy this.

  • Steilacoom, WA

    What a page-turner to geek out on while eating some good ol' Life cereal! I was mostly an infant/toddler in the 80s, but even if you don't get all of the never-ending references this is still a blast.

  • Whittier, CA

    Love love love this book! Read it in 2016 and because I love the book so much I wanted my own BotM book despite already owning it on kindle and the audiobook. Love the book & can't wait for the movie!

  • Dallas, TX

    I came for the 80s pop culture but found myself enjoying the technology/gaming aspect too. While I generally love all dystopian novels, this one is really great and takes you on a ride the whole time.

  • Marshalltown, IA

    I can see why Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is revered as a modern classic. Cline efficiently immersed me into the world of the OASIS, and this book is one of my favorite science fiction novels!!!!

  • Vincennes, IN

    My new favorite book! I loved the world of the OASIS and the modern twist on the epic hero’s quest. Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, I loved the nostalgic nods that still seem cool and fresh.

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