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

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 nostalg...


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...

Member thoughts

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  • Megan E.

    Horace, ND

    "Definitely a new favorite."

  • Jill R.

    Woodbury, MN

    "This book was amazing!!!!! "

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    LaGrange, GA


  • Laura K.

    New Haven, CT

    "Although not a child of the 80s, I appreciated the references. I enjoyed the overall mystery and style of the writing."

  • Rebekah E.

    Georgetown, TX

    "I actually wasn't sure if I was going to like this one or not. It was lovely though! Glad I gave it a chance."

  • Melissa L.

    Saint Louis, MO

    "Love, love, love, this book. The references aren't forced and add to the story, but you aren't completely lost if you don't 100% remember all of them. "

  • Dannielle H.

    Renton, WA

    "One of my new favorite books! I love all the 80's references, brings me back to my childhood of playing video games in the blowing alley ????"

  • Shannon T.

    Sterling Heights, MI

    "Very interesting - nearly satirical. Just found about the Spielberg movie!"

  • Kristin B.

    South Bend, IN

    "#1 nerd canon right here -- read it and weep... and jump for joy."

  • Betsy N.

    St Paul, MN

    "I loved this book! The 80s references were hilarious and the dystopian setting seemed timely. I love science fiction and fantasy. I want more BOTM selections like this!"

  • stephanie s.

    wilmington, NC

    "I had a lot of fun reading this. "