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Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read
The worldwide bestseller—now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.
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 unlock them.
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- GOING OUTSIDE IS HIGHLY OVER RATED Review by Jim
MY BULLET BILL THIS MONTH WAS GOING TO BE HUGE
I am going to join the 30,000+ who have given this a 4.7 rating and say this is a wonderful book. I loved it from the get go and their was not a single dull moment. I am a little old for the generation that will love this the best. In the 80's I was in my 20's, married and had my two kids. I played some of the early systems and can even remember text games, where all you had was text and you could only give simple commands. I remember the first time I saw a pong machine (not mentioned in the book). I remember Space Invaders at the bowling alley.
THE CROWD WENT WILD
I might buck the crowd just a little and say, if you did or do not play video games, then you will not enjoy this. The bigger the nerd you were or are, than the more you will enjoy this. This is mostly for the hard core nerds and not the pop scene. For instance even though MTV is mentioned and even though Michael Jackson made MTV popular, his name is never mentioned. I had heard of most of the games, but not all and I had played a few. Games such as Master of Orion and Romance of The Three Kingdoms (my favorite games) are totally ignored. So, there is a certain amount of bias in the book.
THE GAME WITHIN THE GAME
The plot is a game, which is why I am sure none gamers will not like it. I loved the game within the game and thought it was very well done. I normally do not like shoot-em ups in any book, but this is so well done, that it holds your attention. There is a romance that is well done, there is suspense, some surprises, and even without the 80's references it would be a great book.
THE GREAT AND POWERFUL OG
Yea, there is also some serendipity help that takes place, especially toward the end and the main character just seems too knowledgeable at times. Watching nerdy movies is one thing, but memorizing the entire dialogue??? My wife and I did see War Games at the theater and War Games plays big in the book.
Just before this book I listened to a Scalzi book, not narrated by Wil Wheaton and I followed that up with this book, read by Wil Wheaton, but not written by Scalzi, how weird is that? Anyways Wheaton is one of my favorites and was the perfect pick for this book. He Crushered it.
(Posted on 2/14/2019)
- so I was happy just to follow along Review by H. Johnsen
This was a really entertaining read. I read it for a book club, but I only found out about it a few days before the meeting. I was able to read it in two evenings because I could not put it down! The premise is a bit unusual, but even though I know practically nothing about the eighties or video games it gave enough information for me to follow along. Unlike some mystery novels, where you can predict what will happen, you really don't know enough about the world to figure out the puzzles before the characters do, so I was happy just to follow along. You get to vicariously enjoy his celebrity while also feeling his frustrations.
After finishing this book, I had a "book hangover" for a few days and I was sad that it was over. I found it to be a very curious experience to be fully immersed in a book about characters who were fully immersed in a video game.
(Posted on 11/28/2018)
- For Nostalgia Geeks Review by Edwin Soto
Where do I begin? I know! The beginning.
The prologue to this book was an instant hook for me. I read those ~5 pages or whatever, and I remember turning the page going, "yep, I'm all in on this one."
From the moment I realized I was in a for an adventure, I couldn't stop reading. After recently reading lots of fantasy, it was interesting reading something that is certainly sci-fi, all the elements of fantasy mixed in.
Ok enough vagueness-this book is an all out journey of a late teen in 2044 where it's totally normal to spend the day inside VR. It feels like your the Matrix while after a few pages the author has cleverly made you forget that our hero is strapped to a pair of goggles.
But why? Well the prologue is very engaging to how society got here and why they continue to use this technology as a way of life. The story ends up playing like the worlds first VR Easter egg hunt, with millions of participants, and real world consequences (the inheritance of a multi-billion dollar fortune).
The novelty of this book is much more than just a fun fiction read: it's a nostalgic rollercoaster of late 70's - early 2000's references of the "geek" variety. If you've ever played D&D, held an Atari joystick, watched Broderick in Ferris Bueler, LadyHawke or WarGames, cheered on Michael J Fox in Family Ties, denied watching Animes like Cowboy Beepop or Gundam as an adult.... I could and won't go on .... you need to pick up this book.
(Posted on 11/25/2018)
- Author deserves a special award for getting my son to enjoy reading! Review by Meredith TM
- Excellent story! I found this book on my Goodreads BOTM club (Yes, I’m one of those women now (Posted on 11/25/2018)
- HAL says, "You should read this book, Dave." Review by Ann
This is a YA dystopian novel that will keep the younger readers (13-17) entertained, but that will also keep adults enthralled also.
Wade lives in the not-so-distant future in Oklahoma City where the main source of entertainment is the Oasis. It's the internet on steroids. The creator of the Oasis has died and left his vast fortune to the first person who finds his Easter-egg, which is hidden in the source code to the Oasis. Now the entire planet is bent on decoding the clues and finding it, including Wade, who narrates the story.
People who lived through the '80s will find this book particularly enjoyable due to a vast plethora of references.
Although it has a male protagonist, I didn't feel as if it were specifically geared toward males.
And also , although it is heavy in computer jargon, it is in an entertaining way and not a "difficult" read.
The book is well-written, somewhat humorous and pleasantly surprising with the clues that are given out and then subsequently unearthed by the characters. I can't offer anything more about the plot without ruining it for you, but I will tell you that I read it out of the library first and enjoyed it well enough to want to own it.
(Posted on 11/25/2018)
- An Amazing Story (and World) That I Never Wanted to End Review by Jasmine
I did not know what to expect from this since I hadn't really watched the movie trailer nor did any research on the story. I knew it involved games and an alternate reality, and I had (incorrectly) assumed it was going to be some sci-fi story that I just couldn't get into. But, wow, was I wrong! This has EASILY become one of my favorite books. I loved pretty much everything about it and I found myself so totally captured by the story. I can't really put into words what I felt while reading this, but I just know that I was so heartbroken when it ended because I wanted more. Everything that led up to the finale was way better than expected, and while the finale was great too, I still felt like there was more story to be told. I'm eagerly awaiting a sequel to this because it deserves one.
Oh and I did NOT watch the movie after finishing the book. After doing some research, I realized that they changed a lot of fundamental parts of the book to make it look more captivating on the big screen, and I just didn't want that to ruin my memory of the story. I would recommend not watching the movie right after the book (or at all), but if you must see it, wait a least a couple of months so you can appreciate both for their differences.
(Posted on 11/13/2018)
- Narrator, Wil Wheaton, was awesome! I loved this audiobook. Review by Saturday Nite Reader
Eureka! I finally found one: an audiobook that I loved. I mean what 80’s baby wouldn’t appreciate an audiobook narrated by Wil Wheaton loaded with 80’s pop culture references to boot? Fun Fact: my favorite Wil Wheaton movie is Toy Soldiers.
I will admit that when I first read the synopsis of this book I didn’t think it was my jam. My best friend convinced me otherwise and boy was she right! I loved it! Like really loved it. I am not sure if I would have felt the same way reading the book versus listening; I think since I enjoyed the narration that I was more engaged. Either way I now can’t wait for the movie coming out in March.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is about a highly introverted billionaire, James Halliday, whom leaves his fortune and control of his company to one lucky winner of a treasure hunt he has created inside the virtual reality environment (the Oasis) that he has also created (Wow, realized I wrote a sentence that could easily become some sort of tongue twister). Halliday loves the 80’s: its music, movies and video games…if you don’t, well then you probably would not have had a chance at winning the prize (and would not enjoy this book/audiobook as much).
As someone who is not typically a fan of this genre, what Cline and Wheaton did with this story kept my attention. I did not harp too much on the numerous stereotypes within the book (stereotypical traits of gamers, nerds, and the like) and took the story for what it was (well, to me at least): an entertaining story that brought me into a new world that had me fully engaged from the start. I will certainly be expanding my reading selections moving forward.
Still need convincing (or just enjoying my review)?: One of the book’s main characters is a strong female heroine who is super smart and kicks butt.
Movie will be released March 29, 2018…countdown is on! Who’s coming with me?
(Posted on 11/12/2018)
- I loved it Review by Vahdyx
I'm not an experienced reader, in fact this is my first and only book I've read by choice. All of my reading up to this point has been text books for school and college. Ready Player One did a great job and I felt like it kept the novice reader in me interested until I completed the book! Ernest Cline did a great job describing a scene so I could let my imagination paint the scene around me. The book was essentially a first person perspective, I believe this is called a narrative style book from what a friend told me. This made it easy for me to grasp the scenes as it was written and almost made me feel like the protagonist which I thought added "coolness" to what I was reading.
The story I felt was good, fun, and entertaining. There was a part however about 3/4 of the way in where it just felt like I was reading words, where the author felt like he was filling space in the book. I felt like it was unnecessary and boring. It almost turned me off and I almost lost interest. I felt like it wasn't needed for the story to progress.
The ending was good I felt satisfied when I read it, but I wish there was an optional epilogue that continued the story. I'm trying to do this without spoiling anything for anyone. For me I wanted to know what happens next after the games were over. I just wanted a little more answered. Is this how all books are? I hope not haha. Anyway loved it, new reader, and on to the next one. Thanks friends for recommending it and thanks Ernest Cline for turning me into a reader.
(Posted on 10/20/2018)
- Mom Kat Reads Review by Katinka
Set in the future, the world has become a rather dark & bleak place. Too many people and not enough resources, the only real escape for anyone is in a virtual reality program known as the Oasis. Most everyone spends as much time as they can in the Oasis, which is much more pleasant than the real world as well as a source of free entertainment for most people. Even many schools now take place inside the Oasis.
When James Halliday dies, he initiates a contest in the Oasis. His will leaves virtually everything he owns, including control of the Oasis, to whomever solves 3 challenges and finds the Easter Egg he has hidden within the Oasis. Winning this contest has become an obsession for many people as it would forever change their lives for the better. However Innovative Online Industries (IOI), is determined to win the contest at any cost and take control of Gregarious Simulation Systems. As the owners of the Oasis, they would be able to do as they please with it, which most people assume means charging people large sums of money to use something that until then had been free for everyone.
This book has been recently turned into a motion picture. For those who have seen “Ready Player One” but have not yet read the book, you should be aware that much was changed from the book. Does this make either the movie or the book less enjoyable? In my opinion, the answer is no it does not. I have both seen the movie and read the book, and despite the differences between the two, I loved them both. And while there are many differences between them, both are highly enjoyable, especially if like me, you were a child of the 1980’s and grew up with most of the things referenced in both the book and the movie.
I most definitely enjoyed reading this book. It was very well written and well edited. The many, many 80’s references were very entertaining and had me reminiscing about songs, movies, TV shows, video games, and commercials that I have neither seen nor thought about in years. I consider this book to be one of my new favorite guilty pleasures. I’m very glad that I read it as well as saw the movie it was turned into. I would recommend both seeing the movie and definitely reading this book.
(Posted on 10/4/2018)
- It did not disappoint! If you don't know Review by T. Bourbon
Wow. I read a lot of dystopic fiction, among other things, but this was quite a ride. I was interested in seeing the movie, but needed to read the book first. It did not disappoint ! If you don't know, this is a classic set up by a middle aged 1980's computer geek. Unfortunately, fast forward into the dystopic future, no gas, ruined planet, ruined government. Ok, you are here, Ready Player One.
Wade is a geeky teen, a senior in high school, ahem, a virtual high school, which, by the way, might not be a bad way to go in the future. But that is the way most dystopic novels start...the horrific present is decades or more in the future, but they always start with a few things that we, in the present, wish we had. Anyway, he is a typical teen from a bad family situation, no parents, being "raised" by an uncaring relative, in this case his aunt. He is a few months from graduation, and is totally immersed in a virtual reality world, the OASIS. Luckily, for this kid with no means, he was issued a visor and gloves to enter the OASIS school when he enrolled in the virtual school system, located on a planet in the OASIS that is only for schools, and is perfectly safe and boring. Our hero has no means, no real home, and lives online, or lives to be online...Due to his vast research and using really only his brain, he prevails over many challenges. No I am not going to ruin this for you, you must read the book.
I, like the characters in this book leaving the OASIS, have emerged from the book looking around at reality, saying, WOW what a ride !
Highly recommend to anyone growing up in the 1980s, computer game geeks, Dungeon and Dragons geeks, 1980's trivia freaks, and anyone that enjoys a good dystopic novel. Enjoy !
(Posted on 10/4/2018)
- Best book I've ever read Review by Goose16
I rarely give five stars. For me, five stars means perfection. The best of the best. Ready Player One is just that. It is simply the best book I have ever read. I have read it twice this year and listened to the audiobook (Wil Wheaton's narration in the audiobook is outstanding). This book truly flipped all the nerdy happy switches in my brain. There is nothing I disliked in this book. It is truly unputdownable. I felt like I was in this novel living it with the characters who are excellently written. I truly felt the stakes along with the characters. All the drama, emotion and the twists. I highly recommend this book.
(Posted on 9/6/2018)
- Such fun that I read it four times Review by Kathy Dix Biallas
This book was such a delightful surprise. A colleague mentioned it in passing, so I borrowed it from the local digital library. From the very first page -- nay, from the very first paragraph -- I was hooked. This is a book I quite literally could not put down.
Before I even finished my first read-through, I purchased a "real" copy online, because I already knew I'd want to read it again when my digital checkout expired.
I, too, experienced many of my formative years in the eighties, so most of the 80s references I "got" immediately. Some of the more obscure asides required a Google lookup, but most were crystal clear.
What I loved especially about this book -- besides the nonstop action -- was witnessing an underdog's maturation and his realignment of priorities. Although this story is endless fun, it's also one that makes you think about it long after the book has been shelved. I found myself tying characters from Ready Player One to people I know in real life.
I considered how shockingly accurate some of Cline's predictions (the book was published in 2011) have been. Finishing my fourth read with Hurricane Harvey just past and Hurricane Irma ready to hit Florida -- and viewing photos of the subsequent lines to buy fuel -- has brought home how remarkably prescient Ernest Cline has been in his visualization of 2041 and its challenges.
I enjoyed this book so much that I purchased the Kindle version as well as a physical paper copy, so I can lend it out but still have it nearby for yet another read.
(Posted on 9/3/2018)
- A must-read for all middle and high school students Review by vonSteuben
In all honesty, as a 28-year-old female, I had to read this book twice to really enjoy it as much as it deserves. The first time I read it was part of a book club and I had a hard time getting into it because it just felt a little too young for me. The second time I read it was right before I went to see the movie because I wanted the book to be fresh in my mind, and I enjoyed it immensely more than the first time through.
Beyond the exciting story line, this is a book about acceptance and being comfortable in your own skin. At the core of the book, it is meant to instill good values and morals on the reader. It touches on things like aspergers/autism, race, sexual orientation, and even cosmetic imperfections (while at the same time gently cautioning that people you meet online are not always as they seem). The book teaches the reader that no matter who you are on the outside, it's who you are as a person that really matters. When I have children of my own, I would love for them to read this book (once they are old enough to handle the colorful language sprinkled throughout, of course). This is one of the most well-written young adult novels I have ever read. Having grown up with Harry Potter, I would say it's a tie for which story I enjoyed more. If I could give this book ten stars, I would. I will be looking forward to reading more by Ernest Cline in the future.
(Posted on 9/3/2018)
- It did not disappoint! If you don't know Review by GossamerWriter
I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline to fulfill the prompt of “A cyberpunk book” for the 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.
Ready Player One is the story of Wade Watts, an impoverished teen in the near-future who lives with his aunt. The world pretty much still sucks in 2044, so most of humanity spends its time plugged into a virtual reality called OASIS.
The creator of OASIS died a recluse, but left his fortune (including OASIS as well as billions of dollars) to whoever could find his hidden Easter egg: 3 keys to unlock 3 gates—each with a different challenge inside—within OASIS.
Despite some corporate-sponsored gaming super-powers who would stoop to anything—even real-world murder—to gain the billions of dollars at stake, Wade suddenly finds a clue that puts him in the thick of the hunt, then he discovers he’s not alone.
Soon Wade has more in-game fame (and credits) than he’s ever imagined, and finds himself struggling to maintain relationships with his best (only) in-game friend, as well as a famous egg-hunter he’s had a crush on for years—who might be using his feelings for her to further her own agenda—while trying to remain hidden from the evil corporation who wants to take over OASIS and the world.
If you’re an 80s kid, or just have a fondness for the media of that era, this book will hold some extra nostalgic value for you. Even without knowledge of the music, movies, and video games, it’s possible to enjoy this, but nerds (and I use the term lovingly, since I am one) will likely love it more.
(Posted on 9/3/2018)
- Fun Adventure Review by Jeremy P
My dad out of all people suggested this book. He is awesome. I am a 80`s and 90`s child, grew up on Atari, Nintendo, Sega, PC, and currently PlayStation. I immediately connected with this book and upon reading chapter after chapter gathered that the author is a video game/PC enthusiast. His lingo, and style are unique yet he can tell a story to your average dad such as mine whom has little or no experience dabbling with gaming.
I look forward to the movie, I have confidence knowing the author wrote the script and worked alongside Speilberg among others to put this film together. Fun book. We'll see about the movie..
(Posted on 8/25/2018)