Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Book - 2015
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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: New York :, Broadway Books,, [2015]
Edition: First Paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780307887443
Branch Call Number: Y CLI
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Ready player 1

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CJ N. LU SING
Jul 30, 2019

An incredible debut novel by Ernest Cline. The 80s video games, movie, and music references are all amazingly well-placed. It allows for a captivating story that readers (even those not born in the era, like myself) will enjoy.

However, at points, it felt like the plot relied too heavily on these 80s pop culture references. I would have much rather preferred the characters depend on their own skills and abilities, or at least skills not involving total recall of an obscure 80s trivia fact.

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SCL_Christine
Jul 12, 2019

I loved this book. I got completely wrapped up in the story and could really picture an amazing virtual world that people would want to escape to. I think because I love video games and I really like the premise of this book, I might be a little biased in my review. I think the idea of a world-wide scavenger hunt in a virtual world sounds like so much fun.

JCLKathrynC Jul 08, 2019

By far one of my favorite books to date. The attention to detail is amazing and if you understand all of the gaming references Cline makes in the books it is even better. I will warn you, if you read the book and love it, the film adaptation may seem lackluster and disappointing.

Ready Player One has everything you'd expect from it and more. Clever, witty, and unexpected, this book will simultaneously take you twenty-five years into the future and back into the 80's. Prepare your haptic gloves and visor, it's going to take you on a wild adventure into the utopia that is the OASIS.

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Callie_11
Jul 01, 2019

This book was amazing. Of course I personally disagreed with some of the characters beliefs but other than that it's a must read for every geek out there. I loved the movie so much and honestly was a little hesitant to read the book due to the fear of it not living up to the love I had for the movie. It's a great read.

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DarkwaterMoore
Jun 20, 2019

Read the book before seeing the movie!!!

knitsewrainbow May 20, 2019

I resisted seeing the movie because I was told the book is fantastic and it took me a while to finally pick it up, but I sure am glad I did! Even if you've seen the movie, you should read this book. Cline brings to life 80's culture, video games, and the complexities of human relationships in the real world vs. the online world where anyone can be anything. His vision of Earth's future feels far too real and not far enough away as the environment increasingly suffers from human in habitation. And surprisingly, his message is not to vilify the lure of living a virtual life, but to remind us that online living is fun and a good distraction, but we need to keep one foot firmly planted in the physical, real world, if we are to survive.

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bsharp
Apr 29, 2019

Ready Player One is a fantastically written book. It integrates a well-thought out future prediction with an exciting storyline that attracts young and old people alike. It enthralls you into it’s simulated world, while slapping loads of 80s nostalgia into a realistic and horrific dystopian future. It’s complex storyline is weaved together with computer history, and sci-fi fantasy. The book as a whole is engaging, a real page-turner, and certainly well-thought out in terms of scientific accuracy and general future prediction. It makes you consider what it would be like to be in this world, and makes you ponder how to prevent this future from happening. Would recommend.

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DarhkCanary
Apr 22, 2019

"Exciting and heart racing, readyplayerone leads you into an adventure you'll never forget."

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andybe3619
Apr 11, 2019

Sci Fi isn't my typical cup of tea, but I thoroughly enjoyed the Ready Player One audiobook. 2 main reasons:

1) This was aimed directly at my generation. I was a teenager when video game arcades became popular. While I wasn't the world's biggest gamer or computer enthusiast, I recognized most of the pop culture references; the favorite movies named were some of my favorites of the time, so this was a real walk down memory lane.

2) Wil Wheaton was a brilliant narrator. I especially like that he doesn't take himself too seriously; he's on the receiving end of plenty of jokes these days and gets a couple references in this story which he plays with appropriately.

The story was a pretty silly in many places, even completely suspending disbelief, but it was fun.

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Jul 12, 2018

black_tiger_591 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 30

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Jun 28, 2018

blue_panda_5160 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 46

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Jun 06, 2018

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

“‘You mentioned that once on your blog. Two years ago.’ I almost cited the date of the actual blog entry before I realized it would make me sound even more like a cyber-stalking super-creep.”

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

"This ‘girl,’ whom I’d been cyber-crushing on for the past three years, might very well be an obese, hairy-knuckled guy named Chuck."

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

"Once I’d done my homework on Sorrento, I felt like I was ready to sit down with the devil."

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

"If I couldn't reach it on my own, I didn't deserve it at all."

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

"When it came to my research, I never took any shortcuts."

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

"... can we adjourn the Mutual Admiration Society ...?

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

"Dual zones permitted the use of both magic and technology, and null zones didn’t allow either. There were pacifist zones where no player-versus-player combat was allowed, and player-versus-player zones where it was every avatar for themselves."

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

Parzival: "The female of the species has always found me repellent."
Art3mis: "I don't find you repellent."

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

"I’d heard all the clichéd warnings about the perils of falling for someone you only knew online, but I ignored them. I decided that whoever Art3mis really was, I was in love with her. I could feel it, deep in the soft, chewy caramel center of my being."

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

"She was wearing evening attire: a gunmetal blue dress that looked like it was — spray-painted on."

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acks
Sep 24, 2018

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

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Red_Cat_41
Mar 05, 2018

Coarse Language: Corse language infrequent but makes this book unsuitable for under 13 years.

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Gr4c13
Feb 04, 2016

Coarse Language: The usual swearing when frustrated, nothing out of the ordinary.

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KeenaL
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.

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sbn_kc
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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