Ready Player One

Ready Player One

A Novel

Book - 2011
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It's the year 2044, 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. 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. 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. And then Wade stumbles upon the first prize...--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307887443
9780307887436
030788743X
Call Number: CLINE
Characteristics: 374 p. ; 24 cm
Subjects: Regression (Civilization) -- Fiction.
Virtual reality -- Fiction.
Utopias -- Fiction.
Puzzles -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction
Science fiction

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sarahbru17 Mar 19, 2018

Characters: 5/10
Plot: 8/10
Writing: 8/10
Overall, I enjoyed getting into a videogame-based sci-fi. I love gaming, so I'm all in for an immersive virtual reality. I liked the challenges; the plot was structured very similarly to Goblet of Fire, so that was a familiar but fun trope.

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AshleyF2008 Jan 10, 2018

Ready Player One has an interesting premise and interesting history. However, those things fall apart in dense info dumps and a "Mary Sue" protagonist. Anything Wade needs to accomplish, he is an expert at, even in those moments when others are seemingly more clever and resourceful. Onl... Read More »

Also a motion picture (March 2018)


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sarahbru17 Mar 19, 2018

Characters: 5/10
Plot: 8/10
Writing: 8/10
Overall, I enjoyed getting into a videogame-based sci-fi. I love gaming, so I'm all in for an immersive virtual reality. I liked the challenges; the plot was structured very similarly to Goblet of Fire, so that was a familiar but fun trope.

As a huge sci-fi fan, I'm always prepared to believe the unimaginable--yet there were still some places where I struggled to suspend my disbelief. The main thing was how Parzival, Aech, AND Art3mis had memorized so much information in just five years. They were all equally versed in every form of pop media from the 80s. I don't think it's physically possible to watch, read, listen to, and play everything they claimed to have in that short a period of time (multiple times)--while still spending time in the OASIS on the Hunt. I would've expected them to have more diversity--one being better-versed in music while another specialized in books, that sort of thing. Parzival in particular was a bit of a Mark Stue. He completed all of the challenges on his first try, even if he struggled a bit. He knew everything he needed to. They all seemed to have a photographic memory, and that was just too unrealistic for me.

The romance between Parzival and Art3mis also bothered me at times--she kind of just existed for him, rather than being her own independent character. "Oh look! A gamer girl who's perfect for Wade!" I liked her, but I wished she'd been more well-rounded. Likewise, Aech's character development was a little...expected. I liked him, but he still felt like a prop for Wade.

AshleyF2008 Jan 10, 2018

Ready Player One has an interesting premise and interesting history. However, those things fall apart in dense info dumps and a "Mary Sue" protagonist. Anything Wade needs to accomplish, he is an expert at, even in those moments when others are seemingly more clever and resourceful. Only one thing happens in the book to shake Wade even slightly, though he recovers quicker than I did (which is ridiculous). Wade's obstacles seem to be present more to show the reader how ingenious he is without actually placing him in any danger of failing and the side characters are just puppets to support his success.

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