Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline

  • Release Date: 2011-08-16
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4.5
From 6,413 Ratings


The bestselling cult classic—soon to be a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

It’s the year 2045, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.  

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape. 
A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

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  • Can’t stop reading

    By Ju.ney
    This is the greatest book in sci-fi collections, everyone who loves science fiction games, movies or whatever should read this book. A perfect book for every geek
  • Awesome

    By Megaghost117
    Probably the best book I have ever read and I can’t wait for the movie Also I wish there was a sequel!!!
  • Potential to be so much better

    By Roseb0mb
    This is such a great premise, but unfortunately I felt like Cline made things way too easy for his leading man, Wade Watts. Wade seems to experience only slight annoyance when things don’t go his way. And he’s able to defeat the bad guys with VERY little effort. There’s just no real adversity the main character must go through to win his ultimate prize; it’s all too easy. And that’s the disappointment. IOI is a wonderful villain and it’s reach and power make it a formidable foe - Cline could’ve used that, easily, to flesh out this tale and make Wade more of a hero and less of a prodigy. Hopefully the movie will correct some of that.
  • Top Of The Line

    By LZ beals
    This book absolutely blew my mind. I felt myself imagining teleporting to all of these different worlds and meeting all of these people. It truly brings perspective on the direction life is headed with technology. While I find it unlikely, I am watching for a sequel.
  • Great book!!!!!

    By Mechanic4life89
    This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time kept my attention all the way through it couldn’t put the book down I read it in 3 days !!!
  • Great!

    By SnCoOfTxT
    Probably the most fun I’ve had reading in a long time
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    By GridlockCookies
    How to hill-hopping hell do you update a book???
  • Cool Book 📖 ❤️

    By Bem123567
    I like this book a lot it was very detailed and never left out a part, some parts got a little boring but as soon as that part was over there was either a great discovery or something cool happening in the book. I would suggest that you read this book if you like the 80s culture or you like classic or modern video games. If you like riddles and adventure this book will be a good choice for you to read. 👌🏻😊😁
  • Immaculate Adventure and Gripping Plot

    By JosephSproles
    The storyline and nostalgia are great, but the intense description and interpretation of the now dystopian real life world, and the unrelenting freedom within the “Oasis” is actually ironic. Very hard to put down, and loved every page of it!
  • Great book!

    By Max was here!!!!!!!
    Read this book in a few days and loved it. Great for anyone into pop culture. Great references and detail.