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
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 »

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Nov 18, 2018

A really good read. I did not enjoy all the swearing, so if there was a version without it that would have been great; but I concede that it was part of the character. It was a really fast-paced and thrilling story told from an entertaining point of view and I could not put it down. Although I could not enjoy all of the 80s references, I appreciated the puzzle and loved how creative the premise of the book was. To be honest, I didn't personally like the main character, but still couldn't help cheering him on as he sought to accomplish his goals and eventually figure out what he should do.

Nov 13, 2018


So, I have already read this book three times, but I decided to just buy when I was in Germany and read it again.
CHARACTERS: My favorite characters are probably Aech and Art3mis. Parzival is cool too, but I really couldn’t stand his whiny phase. (which means that Cline wrote it really well.) The way that they all band together is great.
PLOT: This plot is staggering every time: it is extremely well planned out and exciting every single time. This grips you and won’t let go. Seriously, if you have been told that it is only full of obscure references, I didn’t get some of them but this plot is really amazing and you should read this book anyway because it is good stuff.
ACCURACY: This is really well thought out. It has lots of references to video games and scifi shows.

I read this book in Germany just for funnsies, and I blew through it really quickly and I’m writing this after reading it a couple weeks ago, so I can’t remember things exactly…. sorry

It is 2044 and the earth is a dismal place with mass globalization, depleted natural resources, world famine, and wars. Those who can, escape into the OASIS, a worldwide digital virtual reality platform and gamers’ paradise. When OASIS creator James Halliday died, he announced that his entire fortune worth billions of dollars would go to the OASIS Avatar who successfully completed a virtual quest steeped in 1980s movies, music, and videogames in search for three hidden keys. Years have gone by and no one has been successful in unravelling the mysterious clues from the deceased Halliday. Ready Player One tells the story of impoverished teenager, tech junkie, and Halliday-obsessed Wade Watts who becomes the first person to successfully seize the first key. As a child of the 80s, I loved the infinite references to 1980s pop culture and even though I’m not a gamer, I was sucked into the action-packed events as Watts and his friends competed against thousands of avatars including the henchmen of a murderous corporation in their race to solve the mysteries of the OASIS and to overcome the bleak realities of earth. (submitted by MR)

MVBOOKCLUB Sep 26, 2018

This was a surprising one! Sparked some great discussion about the process Halliday used to determine who would inherit his fortune. Overall well received by the group.

Sep 26, 2018

i think the first 60 pages is just info dumping, it was even in the few bits of dialogue.
The MC and his friends were going on about stuff they already know. It's such a lazy way to get information across and very awkward to read.
The characters... all i know is that two of them are chunky.
And the 80's references, oh boy oh boy oh boy, too much man, i just wanted a slice.

I've heard this being called, "Twilight for guys."
Spot on.

Rating: tell me what i know/10

LoganLib_Kylie Sep 07, 2018

I watched the movie first but still thoroughly enjoyed the book afterwards. I recommend both. There were enough differences between them for hem to be enjoyed in their own right.

Sep 01, 2018

Loved this book. Couldn’t put it down, finished it in a day.

Aug 08, 2018

The book and more polished film differ in reasonable ways, but the core lessons of not judging by appearances and loyalty to friends are consistent. The book spends a lot of time describing how restrictively poor Wade is, so it has a harder time than the film making his rise to gunter fame believable but does give Wade's companions more credit. The challenges do differ but the car race found only in the film was cooler. Regardless, the author has done an impressive amount of '80s research and I can't help but feel nostalgic.

Aug 06, 2018

This is a fun easy read. Lots of references to 80s music, games and movies. I saw the movie first and then read to book. Don't worry if you have also because while the movie and book have the same concept there is a lot different between the two that you'll have surprises with the book.

Jun 27, 2018

Like junk food, it's super easy to consume, lacks substances, and forces you to question your life choices afterwards.

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Sep 24, 2018

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

Mar 05, 2018

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

Feb 04, 2016

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


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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.

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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Dec 30, 2016

“You know you've totally screwed up your life when your whole world turns to sh*t and the only person you have to talk to is your system agent software.”

Aug 13, 2016

No one in the world gets what they want and that is beautiful.

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