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Ready Player One

4.31  ·  Rating Details ·  391,697 Ratings  ·  49,062 Reviews
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 a ...more
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by Crown Publishers
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Jason Cox I just finished RPO and found it to be awesome!

3 that I would recommend are:

1. Neuromancer by William Gibson
2. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
I just finished RPO and found it to be awesome!

3 that I would recommend are:

1. Neuromancer by William Gibson
2. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
3. SnowCrash by Neil Stephenson

All of those are excellent reads, fast-paced, and leave you wanting more. (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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I originally gave this book 3 stars as harmless lightweight fun, but then I read Armada and saw how terrible and worthless Cline really is. Plus, his outraged hardcore fans kept coming on here and telling me that I missed the point since I didn't give it 5 stars so I might as well give them something to really be mad about.

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
William Cline
Sep 05, 2011 William Cline rated it it was ok
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
May 25, 2011 Patrick rated it it was amazing
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.
Khanh (the meanie)
Dec 09, 2015 Khanh (the meanie) rated it really liked it
This book is a geek fantasy. A nerd utopia. Speaking as a formerly addicted World of Warcraft player (among others), I loved it.

I believe you can tell the author's passion from what he's written, and it is clear from this book that Ernest Cline is a fellow gamer and geek. I salute him. His ardor for games is so clearly felt within this book. A fellow fangirl/fanboy can sniff out a fake one like a dead fish within a Bath and Body Works (ok, that may be a bad example, but you catch my drift). Erne
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:





...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
Jun 02, 2011 Flannery rated it really liked it
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
Apr 14, 2013 Rainbow rated it it was amazing
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
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
I just kinda wanna cry right now. I'll have a proper review at some point, but I gotta let myself recover.

Shelby *trains 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
Aug 19, 2011 Sissyneck rated it did not like it
Shelves: apocalypso
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!)

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
Mar 12, 2017 Petrik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Petrik by: Colleen
Shelves: owned-ebooks
Ready Player One is a Fiction/YA/Dystopian hybrid that takes place in the year 2044 where our world is suffering from global energy crisis and everyone needs a means to escape from this harsh truth. This is where OASIS, a genius MMORPG utopia created by James Halliday arrived as the solution to their need for escapism. I’d be lying to myself if I said this book isn’t something that’s written for me. The whole concept and tributes featured in this book are exactly my thoughts and hobbies of the p ...more
Jun 02, 2011 karen rated it really liked it
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
Jeffrey Keeten
Jun 08, 2012 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it
"I'm not crazy about reality, but it's still the only place to get a decent meal." Groucho Marx

The middle school I attended was a 1930s WPA project that by the 1970s was a lethal cocktail of toxic mold from the water leaks and cancer causing asbestos. I'm hoping, since several decades have passed, that all the nasty microbes I inhaled while conjugating verbs and wrestling with algebra have long since been frog marched out of my body. I was a rural kid and had to wait for the bus to come pick me
Mar 07, 2016 Anne rated it liked it
Don't hate me...please.


But I'm pretty sure I didn't like this one as much as most of my friends. I'm guessing the 80's were super rad n' all to a lot of people, but I don't remember them being all that amazing.
Granted, I was only 10 in 1985, but still...
I passed my middle school years during this tubular time period. Ick.
Most of what I recall involved a mushroom cloud of hairspray (centered around bangs), lots of plastic bracelets, and tons of really loud colors.
Not that there's anything wrong w
Marie Lu
Aug 18, 2012 Marie Lu rated it it was amazing
This reached into the gamer part of my heart and gave it a big piece of red velvet cake. :)
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
Feb 05, 2011 j rated it it was amazing
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
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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
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I've heard, you've probably heard, HELL, most people who read some variation of SFF have heard that READY PLAYER ONE is freaking amazing b/c it's swarming with '80s pop culture/nerd references.

And it is. Absolutely.

But even though I've had the book for years, I only recently got around to picking it up (and only b/c impromptu roadtripping with Husband, and sacrifices must be made when trying to find a book we'll both have a shot at liking), b/c as much fondness as I have
Jan 01, 2015 Zoë rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 14, 2014 Alejandro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alejandro by: Estelle
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
May 29, 2013 Lyn rated it it was amazing
I found myself smiling frequently while reading this.

Willy Wonka meets The Matrix in the near future online game age. I almost typed video age and that would date me back in the 1980s, but that would be OK too. Like James Halliday, I was a teenager in the late eighties and so Ready Player One by Ernest Cline has a special place for me. I played Dungeons and Dragons (I was even dungeon master for a Tomb of Horrors campaign) I played coin operated video games, I obviously dig science fiction and
Aug 07, 2015 Elyse rated it it was amazing
"And then one night, like a complete idiot, I told her how I felt."

THANK my friend Coment, for giving me book -in the pool- no less!

....I enjoyed the unique romance:
"I love this song!"... [ME TOO...."Time After Time", by Cyndi Lauper]....Art3mis shouted.
Her eyes darted toward the dance floor. I looked at her uncertainly. "What's wrong?" she said with mock sympathy. "Can't a boy dance?"
"She abruptly locked into the beat, bobbing her head, gyrating her hips. Then she pushed off from t
Hugh Howey
Nov 06, 2012 Hugh Howey rated it it was amazing
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
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).
Mohammed Arabey
Jul 30, 2016 Mohammed Arabey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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في لعبة فيديو مجنونة برمجها مؤلف "غريب الأطوار" مهووس الألعاب والثمانينات..أيرنست كلين
"بالنظر حولي، تعجبت لِمّا هاليداي الذي طالما أدعي أن طفولته بائسة، صار يشعر بكل هذا الحنين اليها لاحقا. أعلم أنني حين اهرب من الكومة التي اعي
Alex Farrand
Ready Player One is about a futuristic, catastrophic earth, and the only bit of happiness that the human species can have is to escape. Fly off to a different planet that has a life source? No, but elude reality. Escape into a virtual video game called OASIS. After the OASIS creator dies, life on OASIS changes everyone. The last will and testament of James Halliday, the creator, is to have a contest of the ages to gain his power and fortune. The main character Wade Watts devotes his life to win ...more
mark monday
Sep 07, 2015 mark monday rated it really liked it
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it's like Ernest Cline decided to do something really nice for me, something really personal, and so he got together some of my favorite things - sympathetic yet highly flawed protagonist, diversity in race and sexual orientation, down-with-the-man anti-corporate sentiments, an absorbing dystopia, a breezy narrative - and then he put it all in the context of the decade where I formed my interests and essentially became myself. well he also put in a bunch of video games and I've never been a gam
Sean Gibson
Apr 01, 2015 Sean Gibson rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

I’ll say this for Mr. Cline—the man knows his audience. Take one genius high concept, throw in a liberal sprinkling of geek-friendly 80s pop culture references, and add a dash of solid writing and you’ve got a crowd-pleasing recipe for anyone of a remotely dorkish hue (that hue, incidentally, is nearly colorless, as you can clearly see from my own pale countenance).

I’ll refrain from much in the way of plot summary here, in part to avoid spoilers, and because I’d rather focus on what I f
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ERNEST CLINE is a novelist, screenwriter, father, and full-time geek. His first novel, Ready Player One, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, appeared on numerous “best of the year” lists, and is set to be adapted into a motion picture by Warner Bros. and director Steven Spielberg. His second novel, ARMADA, debuted at #4 on the NYT Bestseller list and is being made into a film by Univers ...more
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