Ready Player One

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Crown Publishers, 2011 - Fiction - 374 pages
23 Reviews

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 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?

  

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When you read dystopian after dystopian you realize that most of them are more or less the same, so it's extremely refreshing to come upon one who truly stands out from all the rest. Ready Player One ... Read full review

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User Review  - Melissa Proffitt - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter 0000
1
Level One
10
Chapter 0001
11
Chapter 0002
27
Chapter 0003
37
Chapter 0004
47
Chapter 0005
52
Chapter 0006
61
Chapter 0020
200
Chapter 0021
E-8
Chapter 0022
E-16
Chapter 0023
E-26
Chapter 0024
E-34
Chapter 0025
E-41
Chapter 0026
E-49
Chapter 0027
E-59

Chapter 0007
68
Chapter 0008
77
Chapter 0009
87
Chapter 0010
100
Chapter 0011
108
Chapter 0012
116
Chapter 0013
128
Chapter 0014
134
Chapter 0015
148
Chapter 0016
160
Level Two
167
Chapter 0017
168
Chapter 0018
180
Chapter 0019
190
Level Three
E-67
Chapter 0028
E-69
Chapter 0029
E-76
Chapter 0030
E-83
Chapter 0031
E-95
Chapter 0032
304
Chapter 0033
313
Chapter 0034
327
Chapter 0035
335
Chapter 0036
343
Chapter 0037
350
Chapter 0038
360
Chapter 0039
369
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About the author (2011)

ERNEST CLINE has worked as a short-order cook, fish gutter, plasma donor, elitist video store clerk, and tech support drone.  His primary occupation, however, has always been geeking out, and he eventually threw aside those other promising career paths to express his love of pop culture fulltime as a spoken word artist and screenwriter. His 2009 film Fanboys, much to his surprise, became a cult phenomenon.  These days Ernie lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, their daughter, and a large collection of classic video games.  READY PLAYER ONE is his first novel. 

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