Ready Player One

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At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut-part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

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 10,000 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 20th 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 virtu…

Book reviewed by Temmerhorton

Ready Player One
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Is this book interesting?4
How does compare to other books in the genre?4
Is it easy and enjoyable to read?3.5
The past, we all have one. We all like to reminisce. That is what this book highlights. The book takes things from the past and makes them a story with pieces that everyone can relate to. It is for a generation that tends to be overlooked, that is what makes this book good.
The book lacks clear definition. The characters are simple stereotypes. The author introduces ideas but does not follow through on them. The missing plot lines make the story feel like a story. It fails to draw you in and engage you as part of the story. It is a book that could have been written by anyone anywhere.
The virtual world that is created in this book is one that is so real that you feel like you could reach out and touch it. The author put so much time focusing on the planets and landscapes that he put into the story that it is disappointing that the characters are so flat. They can be found anywhere. Maybe that is the point of it. They are stereotypical displays of people. You know all there is to know about them within the first few minutes of reading. There are a lot of pop culture icons sprinkled throughout the book. It is something that makes the book relatable. It is a realistic and honest look at the past. It is a book that people will either love or hate from the moment they read it. What makes the difference is the amount of information that they as an individual can relate too. It is what makes the book really stand out as an instant hit for some readers. If you were an 80s child, there are good chances that you will not only love the book, but you will recommend it thoroughly.


  • 1 - Not recommended for reading.
  • 2 - Somewhat engaging, book is just OK.
  • 3 - Pretty engaging, good book.
  • 4 - Engaging, very good book.
  • 5 - Really engaging, excellent book.

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Title: Ready Player One


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Language: English

Publication Date: 2011-08-16

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