Published by Random House on August 16, 2011
Genres: Adult SFF, Post Apocalyptic, Science fiction, Young Adult
It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.
And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune--and remarkable power--to whoever can unlock them.
For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved--that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.
And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.
Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt--among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life--and love--in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.
A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?
Ready Player One is straight up a tribute to all things 80s. If there were one book that a gamer should read it would have to be this one! Not only would gamers love it but any child of the 80s because there are so many movies, games and music references strung throughout the entire book that it was like one big ride of nostalgia for me. I remember fondly every science fiction and fantasy movie or game I played as a child and to have them mentioned in the book and frankly pretty much turned into a guide of all things awesome just blew my mind away.
If you couldn’t guess already I thought Ready Player One was fantastic! Beyond fantastic really because not only is this a great book for teens (the main characters being teenagers) but this is an excellent book for adults – especially those adults like me that are still big kids at heart. That’s right I’m looking at you folks who still like to RPG, Game, Cosplay and do anything at all SFF related. This book was written for us! It didn’t just speak to me as a fan and lover of all things SFF this spoke to my soul. Am I getting sappy there? – Yes, I can’t help it, I’m a big geek and I love what I love. Each one of those teens I could see reflected back at me anytime I talk to one of my genre loving friends.
I know this might have been hyped up all over the place, even while reading it, my friends who had already read it were all ‘Oh I loved that,” “Oh I couldn’t put it down”…yadda yadda yadda. So it was really hyped up and I admit I was very hesitant to read it because I have been let down in the past by hyped up books and I was scared to be let down again. So I let it flounder on my shelf for 2 years! Don’t let that be you LOL because man, this is already one I’ll be reading again asap. I’ll give you a moment to go click the buy button…done? Ok good.
So maybe you don’t want to listen to the hype? Good don’t! Don’t listen to the hype, don’t anticipate anything – just go along for the ride and enjoy. Approach and handle with caution because your head might explode in radtastic proportions…ok there I go hyping it up again.
All I have to say is this is more than just a coming of age story. While I think Ready Player One is reaching out to a specific generation, I also think it really could be for everyone. It is simply that entertaining. The comedy, the action, the pain, and pangs of love, there is so much to enjoy. I don’t even want to go into the contents of the book one iota because the description tells you everything you need to know to reel you in – and I guarantee within the first chapter Ernest Cline will have you hook, line and sinker. You don’t stand a chance.
Ready Player One