Ready Player One

Cline, Ernest

eBook - 2011
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Ready Player One
"Ready Player One takes place in the not-so-distant future--the world has turned into a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia. People can plug into OASIS to play, go to school, earn money, and even meet other people (or at least they can meet their avatars), and for protagonist Wade Watts it certainly beats passing the time in his grim, poverty-stricken real life. Along with millions of other world-wide citizens, Wade dreams of finding three keys left behind by James Halliday, the now-deceased creator of OASIS and the richest man to have ever lived. The keys are rumored to be hidden inside OASIS, and whoever finds them will inherit Halliday's fortune. But Halliday has not made it easy. And there are real dangers in this virtual world. Stuffed to the gills with action, puzzles, nerdy romance, and 80s nostalgia, this high energy cyber-quest will make geeks everywhere feel like they were separated at birth from author Ernest Cline."--Chris Schluep, Amazon Best Book of the Month "An exuberantly realized, exciting, and sweet-natured cyber-quest. Cline's imaginative and rollicking coming-of-age geek saga has a smash-hit vibe."--Booklist, starred review

Publisher: [S.l.] : Crown Publishing Group, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0307887456
Branch Call Number: 3M downloadable ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: 3M Cloud Library


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An action-packed post-apocalyptic story, packed with a ton of gaming and geek references.

Perfect for senior who would rather play video games than read.

A dystopian fiction in which most people escape an extremely bleak reality by immersing themselves in a virtual reality called the OASIS. The creator of OASIS, James Halliday, leaves his inheritance to any gamer who can solve three puzzles that he has left within the OASIS. After years of isolati... Read More »

Comment by: multcolib_central Jul 11, 2014

I don't know why this book shoulder be sitting in- Its such an excellent adventure with elements of gaming, SF, 80s and the best underdog story ever. Need something to do tonight?

Comment by: multcolib_central Jul 11, 2014

If you like video games, Eighties popular culture, or just a great adventure story, then this is for you. Starships, dragon, and anything else imaginable exist in a virtual world up for grabs.

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Mar 25, 2015
  • Jsmackenator rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is one big fat love letter to videogames. Granted it is targeted at Gen Xers. Lot's of cultural references to the 80's. But if you didn't grow up then it may not mean much to you. Still, awesome.

Mar 14, 2015
  • JCLLeslieN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was the most fun I have had reading in a long time. You have to be open to a book set in a future world where an online game is a heck of a lot more fun than the real world. The plot is typical in that our hero is downtrodden and has a shot at winning big - how it all plays out is very well paced and fun.

Mar 07, 2015
  • GSPLAvery rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my favourite books (and I don't say that lightly)! It's a really fun story that plays like a movie in my head. As a huge fan of all things 80's, I loved the clever references, all tied together in a slick narrative. I would (and do) recommend this book to anyone looking for some mystery, adventure, comedy and romance rolled into one.

Feb 26, 2015

I didn't like this book but I'm not a gamer so maybe that's why

Feb 22, 2015
  • Luis_01 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

in 2044 lets see where we are and revisit this book.

Dec 25, 2014
  • thoshmore rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very fast, enjoyable read -- nicely structured and paced, in a bestseller style. Enough pop-culture references to make even Steven King blush, but they're in there for legitimate plot reasons. The ending has a peculiar error-of-omission around the video-game Tempest (there's a second cheat-code that makes getting a high score much easier), but only real video-game geeks will even notice it. Highly recommended if you like classic science fiction.

Oct 27, 2014
  • emmilee rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Ready Player One is a sci-fi adventure filled to the brim with '80's pop-culture references thrown in your face. This can be off-putting at first, there is a section where multiple pages of dialogue is dedicated to two of the protagonists arguing about Star Wars. This can come off as pretentious at first ("look at me, look how much I know about the 1980s"), however it donned on me that that was the point. The protagonist is obsessed with utilizing 80's culture to discover the key to ultimate riches in the virtual reality game that rules the near-apocalyptic world they live in. This is a great read, with literally never-ending puzzle solving and action sequences.

Oct 23, 2014
  • PappaDon rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I'm roughly the same age (like within months) as the Halliday character who is the cause of the whole mess in the book. I remember a lot of the references happening as they happened as I happened right along with them. I found it all very entertaining and engaging.

The whole OASIS was a nice source of plot convenience without taking away the humanity of the characters. I also appreciated that it didn't make life any too easy for anyone. It was still a good story, with good progression and a reasonable plot line.

My only problem with it was in the first few chapters when the exposition repeated itself almost verbatim. I didn't understand why and I really don't think I accidentally re-read pages of the story.

I enjoyed reading this and I think it'd make a good movie, especially as modern special effects could blend all of the visuals of the OASIS with the 80's graphics.

Oct 10, 2014
  • sweekgrrl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Post apocalyptic video gamers! Super quirky read with lots of 80's genre history.

Aug 12, 2014
  • TinyFire29 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Awesome book and it is amazing looking at the the pop culture in the 80's.Great job job by Ernest Cline. Also get hyped for the movie and armada!

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Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

In 2044, reality is a grim place plagued by poverty, shortages and unemployment. Fortunately, people don't have to live in the real world anymore -- most entertainment, business and social interaction takes place in OASIS, a virtual world of amazing scope and detail. But now, OASIS will become the setting for an unprecedented battle royale. The creator of OASIS, upon his death, promised to give control of all his wealth, and his world, to the player who could complete a series of challenges based on his favorite movies and video games. For five years, nobody found anything...until Wade Watts, a 17-year-old, level-three nobody stumbles upon the first clue. Suddenly he's a celebrity with a shot at everything he's ever wanted -- but his opponents will stop at nothing, including murder, to see that he doesn't win.

Apr 09, 2013
  • sbn_kc rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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