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Ready Player One

(Ready Player One #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,051,872 ratings  ·  96,890 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 an ...more
Paperback, First Paperback Edition, 374 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Broadway Books (first published August 16th 2011)
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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
3. Snow…more
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. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

All of those are excellent reads, fast-paced, and leave you wanting more. (less)
Jen Seeing as how the author over explains everything, you'll be just fine.…moreSeeing as how the author over explains everything, you'll be just fine.(less)

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I originally gave this book 3 stars as harmless lightweight fun, but my opinion of it declined as time went by. Then after reading Armada I fully realized what a talentless one-trick hack that Cline really is so I changed this rating. 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. If you're one of those Cline fans who wants to whine about it in the comments I ...more
✨    jami   ✨

anyone I saw writing a negative review for this got like, abused in their comments BUT. Im going for it anyway

unmarked spoilers ahead. ft, appearances from the voices of adele and beyonce

sum up Ready Player One in a single word? wanky

replace with: that 400 page book which used 80s references to condescend people not invested in that culture was incomparably wanky

okay, I'm going to start with the good stuff

the worldbuildi
Aug 09, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Back in 2011, Ready Player One was, perhaps, the year's most well-reviewed book. It received glowing commendations from the likes of NPR, The New York Times, Wired, John Scalzi, Patrick Rothfuss, and many, many more. It maintains a 4.3 average score on (a significant accomplishment given its 20,000+ reviews), and you'd be hard pressed to find a negative review in any major publication.

In no way can I make any sense of this. Please believe what I am about to write, as it is not even
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
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
Melissa McShane
ETA: At the risk of getting this more attention by editing it, I'm no longer responding to comments made on this review. It's four years old, and while I stand by what I wrote, I'm not interested in discussing it, either positively or negatively. And I'm really glad they made it into a movie.

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 pu
May 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 19, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mark Lawrence
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did the unheard of, I took a day off writing in order to finish reading this book.

I understand why I loved this book, but I am less sure why so many millions of others did. The plot of this book revolves around solving puzzles and tasks based on 80s nostalgia, our hero, a young man born fifty years later, has to research the period, and specifically one old man's nerdy take on the decade.

For me this meant a trip down memory lane, taking in specific D&D modules I played through with my friends
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ladies and gentlemen, from this day this book is my life and I will obsess over it constantly
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jeffrey Keeten
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Marie Lu
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This reached into the gamer part of my heart and gave it a big piece of red velvet cake. :)
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**lo! i have made a readalike list for this book over on riffle!**

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 revolve
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
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”To be honest, the future doesn’t look too bright. You were born at a pretty crappy time in history. And it looks like things are only gonna get worse from here on out. Human civilization is in “decline.” Some people even say it’s “collapsing.”

Sounds familiar? I think that sentence could be easily used to describe our current situation as well. In Cline’s world things are a whole lot worse though. People live in Containers and escape into a virtual reality named the OASIS. They work there, they
Caz (littlebookowl)
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, owned
I just kinda wanna cry right now. I'll have a proper review at some point, but I gotta let myself recover.
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
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

Okay. Okay okay okay. So. This book, I would say, is the following mix: video games + ’80s culture + sci-fi + semi-dystopia + general nerdiness. Excluding the latter, I am not interested in any of those things.


Okay. I’m sorry. I’m trying to calm myself down enough to write a review.

Was this book perfect? No. Sometimes it was dumb, or confusing, or slow, or overly complex, or not complex
Lisa of Troy
Jun 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ernest Cline’s book Ready Player One is set in 2044, and the world is in a very sorry state. To escape the horrors of his reality and to find adventure and learning, a teenage boy, Wade Watts/Parzival logs into a computer system, the Oasis. The creator of the Oasis, James Halliday/Anorak, dies, and he leaves behind his entire fortune to the person who can solve a quest involving certain riddles. Will Wade find the fortune before anyone else? And will Wade find connection in the real world?

Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hoopla-libby, audio
Ready Player One (Ready Player One #1) by Ernest Cline (Author), Wil Wheaton (Narrator)

I was born before the 80s and love certain, very involved RPGs, which I dive into over and over. That seemed to be enough for me to immerse myself in the narrated version of Ready Player One. Heck, I enjoy reading about people who can do things I could never do. I could see myself getting drawn into the worlds of Oasis, finding my place in a specific area, and doing a really bad job of exercising enough and no
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This was my first buddy read with the one and only, Craig, and what a pleasure this was. I’d like to thank Craig for reading this one with me. He always makes me smile and this was so much fun!

I’m not even sure where to start with my review. I was highly anticipating this book for some time after seeing so many 5 star reviews and awesome comments, but the book was just a “like” and I wasn’t overly impressed like I thought I’d be.

The story takes place in 2044 and the world is in a Grimm state. A
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 it is most likely that people who aren't geek (don't worry, nobody is perfect) may be feel alienated and/or not interested to read this book.

However, since "geek" is the new black these days, s
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An interesting premise that lacks in depth and instead overstuffs itself with 80s nostalgia porn. There’s a clear demographic that Cline aims for, and certainly succeeds at since this book is overhyped, but making a bunch of tongue-in-cheek pop culture references to delight your audience doesn’t mean your story is substantially good. Also, describing a black character as having “chocolate-colored skin” and making Japanese characters bow and incessantly talk about “honor” is tactless - just becau ...more
Dan Schwent
Aug 24, 2012 rated it liked it
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
James Trevino
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So you know that time when you read a really good book and then, for some reason, you wait forever to make a review, so the little things that would've made your review 'spicy' are gone from memory?
It's one of those times!
And you know that time when you are writing a review and you are almost done and you accidentally delete it?
It's also one of those times! Yep!

Now, for short, if you don't feel like reading the rest of the review (trust me, you have better things to do with your time), I LOVED
Leonard Gaya
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is a great popcorn-unputdownable-action-ridden book. The story is set in the near future (2044, one generation from now), in a climate change/energy depleted dystopia, where most people find refuge in a sort of Second Life or World of Warcraft simulated reality game; all of that in line with other cyberpunk novels like Neuromancer or Snow Crash. The plot is firmly structured around a massive treasure hunt in three parts/levels, in the vein of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Charlie and ...more
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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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