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It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We're out of oil. We've wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread.





Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fa
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Paperback, 374 pages
Published August 18th 2011 by Crown Publishers (first published August 16th 2011)
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Tim I just finished the novel, as well. I would definitely recommend:

1. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card: It has that same fast-paced action and vibrant…more
I just finished the novel, as well. I would definitely recommend:

1. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card: It has that same fast-paced action and vibrant world and just keeps you wanting more. Though, I am a huge junkie for space military science fiction I think this would be a great match. You just can't beat generic experiments to fight a hostile alien race.

2. ECHO's Revenge by Sean Austin: What I really enjoyed about ER was the fact that it was based on two boys who are struggling at home and to escape their reality, they immerse themselves into the online gaming world. As this becomes a habitual way of life for them, the online gaming company has big aspirations for next game in the lineup. A real 35-foot tall game boss found in the gaming series has been created and has plans of it own. This is a YA adult novel that is meant for teens, but I still enjoyed it a lot. Reminded me of Transformers....A LOT.

3. MetaGame by Sam Landstorm: The reviewer who also mentions this novel is right. It has a great amount of that video game, futuristic feel. Though I wouldn't say it was all that fast-pace, I still thoroughly enjoyed the novel and would recommend it to RPO fans. If you enjoy life as one huge game, and depending on how good you are at life you get points which equate to currency, try it out. (less)
Julius Santana While being a gamer would definitely help you to understand a lot of the references in this book. It isn't completely necessary. The author pulls a…moreWhile being a gamer would definitely help you to understand a lot of the references in this book. It isn't completely necessary. The author pulls a lot of references not only from gaming but from 80's pop culture in general. Movies, music, cartoons and television shows are among the many things referenced by ernest cline. If you are a child of the 80's or have studied the 80's at all then you will love this book. I did!(less)
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William Cline
For most of the first half of this book, I was unimpressed. The writing was flat, and the story was unremarkable. The book gets hype because of its pervasive use of 1980s popular culture, particularly its references to science fiction, fantasy, and video games. The problem was that most of these references served no purpose. Something would be described by pointing out its resemblance to something from a film or television show—a particularly annoying form of "telling, rather than showing" given ...more
Kemper
Adventures in Time Mowing

After my laptop fused to my lawn mower due to a freak lightning strike, I discovered that I could use it to travel through time.

“Wow, where’d you come from?”

“I’m from 2011. Got a time mower and decided to come to the future. I’ll spare you the full origin story. My name’s Kemper.”

“I’m Wade Watts. Welcome to 2044.”

“Thanks. I gotta say, things are looking kind of grim around here. Are those mobile homes stacked up like hillbilly skyscrapers?”

“Yeah, I live in one of them. W
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Patrick
I got to read an ARC of this, and it appealed to every geeky part of me.

I'll probably write a blog about it later, but for now, a brief review:

Simply said? This book was fucking awesome.
Flannery
Aug 18, 2011 Flannery rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves the 80s, trivia, video games, RPGs, or is looking for a fun read.
Recommended to Flannery by: j
This book is nostalgia porn. If you grew up in the 80s, enjoy video games, or go crazy for popular culture, you will devour this one. I was supposed to be reading this with a friend but I couldn’t stop. I read the beginning and thought, “what’s the big deal with everyone’s obsession?” Then Ernest Cline got his meat hooks into me and I read it while I was making dinner, while I was eating dinner, and then afterward until I’d finished it. I think I am just a few years shy of this books prime audie ...more
Melissa McShane
So disappointing. The premise of a treasure hunt inside a gigantic immersive online environment is interesting. I like the idea of the people of 2044 being fixated on '80s culture for clues to solving the puzzle. The execution simply doesn't live up to the promise. The writing goes like this:

interestinginterestinginteresting

INFODUMP

interesti-

BIGGER INFODUMP

...and so forth. I honestly don't know who the intended audience is. The author overexplains all the '80s references as if he expects readers
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Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
I just kinda wanna cry right now. I'll have a proper review at some point, but I gotta let myself recover.

VIDEO REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hxa4...
Joel
ahhhh this brings back so many memories of when i read this at vidcon. soso amazing and everyone needs to read this book RIGHT NOW (unless you aren't able to do that then leave it a few days but still read it asap)
Stephen
WOOT, WOOT and UBER WOOT all you MMORPGers, this book is the perfect calm down, happy face diversion next time you find yourself offline and frustrated because:

** you’re stuck medding back in a safe zone after nearly being ganked by some douchey griefers who jumped your camp site when the mob you were going to farm spawned so they could kill steal it and abscond with your loot;

or maybe

** some group of questing ubers turned asshat and refused to let your alt join them so you could PL by leechin
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Dan Schwent
In the dystopian future of 2044, the world is going down the crapper and many people spend most of their free time playing OASIS, an online virtual reality game, sifting through every minute detail of the creator's life, for whomever unravels a series of riddles James Halliday left behind inherits it all. Will teenager Wade Watts be the one?

As I've said in the past, every once in a while a reader will unearth a book that feels as if it was written especially for them. For me, Ready Player One is
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j
There's this conceit that keeps popping up in sci-fi dystopia novels that it is only a matter of time before we will all be glued to our virtual reality goggles 24 hours a day as elaborate MMPORPGs slowly take over the world.

I think this is stupid. No matter how increasingly ubiquitous computers become, I just don't foresee Second Life replacing the first one (FarmVille may have replaced actual farming, but that conversation involves a lecture on government subsidies that I just don't have time
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karen
let me get the gripes out of the way first, because despite overall being a fun, escapist book, there are things that rankle.

i have a crush on the 80's (not an obsession, mind you, but a crush. when i was little i managed to simultaneously want to make out with both jon cryer and molly ringwald and to this day depeche mode's album black celebration soothes many sorrows.



so a book that revolves around 80's pop culture sounded like my kind of thing, even if a lot of the references are video game re
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Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
NERDGASM!!!!!!! Video games, movies and music from the 80's!

My teenage years were spent during the 80's. I look through the pictures that were taken at that time and realize we could have been called a cheesy generation. This book saves us. This book makes us cool.

I actually wanted to revisit those times after reading this book. It's not deep literature but it is pure fun. I smiled and cheered so many times reading Wade's story, even though you know how the book is going to end it is still a po
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Rainbow
I felt like I was born to get the references in this book. And I was so impressed with the way the references WORK. The way they push the story forward and give it texture. So many scenes in the book FEEL like videogames or role-playing games -- but in a really rich, excellent way.

I read this right after I read "Ender's Game," which is the sort of book that would get mentioned in "Ready Player One" -- and I was struck by how Cline references old-school science fiction and videogames in the servi
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Sissyneck
That one star is probably misleading...I thought this was going to be a 4-5 star book for a good portion of the time I spent reading it. The 80s pop-culture references are so pervasive and so relevant to my life that, at times, the book felt like it been written specifically for me. (The love interest is described as being like Jordan, from Real Genius...c'mon!)

But.
All of the Star Wars, Ferris Bueller, and Highlander references in the world can't hide that this story is at best, empty, and at wo
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Zoë (readbyzoe)
OH HOHOHOHOHO THIS BOOK WAS GOOOOOOOD
It was so different from anything else I've ever read and it put my knowledge of 80s movies, Dungeons and Dragons, and Monty Python to good use! Honestly, read this. Just do it.
Jeffrey Keeten
"I'm not crazy about reality, but it's still the only place to get a decent meal." Groucho Marx

When I was going to middle school, which used to be the high school when my father attended school, this 1930s WPA project was full of asbestos and toxic mold from decades of water leaks. I probably shouldn't think about it too much or I might croak before I can finish this review. I was a rural kid and had to wait for the bus to come pick me up after school to haul me the five miles south of town to t
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Veronica Belmont
Ready Player One is one of those books that I'll be recommending to people for a long, long time. If you love geeky media... books, videos, TV shows, music (and especially if it's from the 80s) this book will be a favorite of yours as well.

The characters are engaging, the descriptions of the scenes inside OASIS are vivid, and it's fun (and thrilling) at the same time.

Does the 80s trivia come on a little thick? Yes, but that's kind of the point (and the plot).
Marie Lu
This reached into the gamer part of my heart and gave it a big piece of red velvet cake. :)
Jessica (priceiswong)
If you want to get REAL technical, I would probably give this book closer to a 4.5 rating. I really, really enjoyed this book. I feel like it was a pretty quick read, and I can honestly say it was like nothing I've ever read before.

It did take me quite a few chapters to really get into the story. But once you do you're hooked. It was so unique, and I loved the riddles and hearing about all of the 80's stuff. I wasn't a teen in the 80's, I was born in 92, but I still grew up on a lot of the tv s
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Sanaa
[5 Stars] Man, when people say this book is super fun they are not over-exaggerating! It totally appealed to my nerdy sensibilities, and I cheered and squealed every time they referenced something I was familiar with. You don't need to have a love of 80s pop culture or classic video games to enjoy this, but it definitely makes the experience even more squeal-worthy. I also want to commend Cline for the plot of this book! It wasn't what I expected at all, and I think that is what made me love it ...more
Alejandro
WOW !!! (Pun intended, if you what I meant ;) )

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets The Big Bang Theory meets TRON (raised to the nth power(TRON, I mean)).

The most clear appealing to read this novel is obviously the insane quantity of geek references, mostly to 80's era (and some of 70's too), so maybe people who aren't geek (don't worry, nobody is perfect) may be feel alienated and/or not interested to read this book.

I can't deny the advantage of being a geek, specially raised in the now
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julio
Nov 22, 2014 julio rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 70's babies, 80's babies, and California computer nerds
Recommended to julio by: the god of 1980's trivia
1980's mass-media nascent-computer-nerd porn disguised as a mystery-caper.

Perfectly enjoyable, but probably only for Americans born between 1968 and 1982.

It really is, start to finish, an entertaining homage to the corny, the magnificent, and the perhaps-unjustifiably-popular culture of a certain slice of America—and even worse, only for a specific span.

So your mileage may vary.

As for me...

...It was like watching Back To The Future and War Games back to back while playing the Legend of Zelda on
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Lou

Three hidden keys open three secret gates Wherein the errant will be tested for Worthy traits
And those with the skill to survive these traits
Will reach The End where the prize awaits.

James Halliday a video-game designer created The Oasis. It made him one of the wealthiest people in the world. He had no successors to hand down the corporation he built. When he died he left a message to the world, one that called for the finder of 'The Egg' in a video game to gain ownership of OASIS.
I am thinki
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Ariel
THAT WAS SO TOTALLY AWESOME, WOW! I have not enjoyed a world like I have enjoyed this one in ages. Ernest Cline created such a fascinating and exciting and unique place.. Just wowza! WOWZA!

The plot was killer.. It had me constantly excited and intrigued. The characters where GREAT and had legitmate growth. WOWZA PANTS I LOVED THIS!
Will M.
One of my favorite novels of all time. Of all time. Amazing world building, best I've ever read for now. Amazing in a way that every detail was thought of very well. Aside from the best world building I've ever read, the characters were also just as superb. Wade Watts has been added to my favorite characters of all time.

A video game themed novel, what more can anyone ask for? Aside from it having amazing references from amazing video games and movies that I've known since I was a child, the cha
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seak
Ready Player One is pure nerd candy, geek heaven, or whatever you want to call it, it was an experience I couldn't stop if I wanted to and didn't want to end.

It usually takes me quite a while to get through an audiobook and that's usually because I only listen to it at certain points of my day - when I'm in the car or walking to or from a new destination. Otherwise, I either have other commitments or other reading material.

I listened to Ready Player One in about 3 days. That's unprecedented for
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Hugh Howey
I had the feeling while reading this book that it was written expressly for me. This is my childhood captured. And since it was an insular and introverted childhood, it felt unique. It wasn't connected with Facebook. I had no idea that I was legion. And so I imagine many other readers felt the same sensation of having a book speak directly to their most private memories and moments. And what could be more cherished than that? It was like having a videogame written for you. Or being able to be ca ...more
Bangadybangz
I wish I could give this book ten stars! Brilliant. No joke, probably my new favorite book after Harry Potter now.
David "proud member of Branwen's adventuring party"
"Book - you have the right to a speedy trial" - review

THE DEFENSE
- Enough movie, music, and video-game references to make the geeky part of you smile (and let's face it, I was smiling the whole time since I'm ALL geek)!
- Puzzle-solving aspects of the story are very interesting.
- Loads of humor all throughout the book.
- Main characters Wade, Art3mis, and Aech all have their own unique voice and are so much fun to read about.
- Brilliantly imaginative.

THE PROSECUTION
- Convenient plot-dev
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Nataliya
I was born in a year made famous in literature by the great George Orwell, meaning that I've spent the 1980s either in diapers or too busy learning the secrets of navigating monkey bars and tying my own shoes (Velcro shoes have not yet made their way to the provincial Soviet towns at that time). So yeah, the nostalgia for the 80s does not give me the warm fuzzies all that much.

And so I was a bit wary approaching Ernest Cline's Ready Player One with its over-the-top 80s nostalgic overload, combin
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ERNEST CLINE has worked as a short-order cook, fish gutter, plasma donor, elitist video store clerk, and tech support drone. His primary occupation, however, has always been geeking out, and he eventually threw aside those other promising career paths to express his love of pop culture fulltime as a spoken word artist and screenwriter. His 2009 film Fanboys, much to his surprise, became a cult phe ...more
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