Ready Player One

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Crown Publishers, 2011 - Fiction - 374 pages
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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 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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I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. It was a tremendous blast from the past and I loved every minute of every 80's pop culture reference. The ending was a bit on the cheesy side but who cares? The ... Read full review

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If you're a geek older than 38, this will hit nearly every nostalgic button you've got. Just don't start the last third of the book after midnight or you'll be sleep deprived because you can't put it down. Read full review

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Contents

Chapter 0000
Level One
8
Chapter 0001
9
Chapter 0002
23
Chapter 0003
33
Chapter 0004
43
Chapter 0005
48
Chapter 0006
57
Chapter 0020
195
Chapter 0021
203
Chapter 0022
211
Chapter 0023
221
Chapter 0024
229
Chapter 0025
236
Chapter 0026
244
Chapter 0027
254

Chapter 0007
64
Chapter 0008
73
Chapter 0009
83
Chapter 0010
96
Chapter 0011
104
Chapter 0012
112
Chapter 0013
124
Chapter 0014
130
Chapter 0015
144
Chapter 0016
156
Level Two
163
Chapter 0017
164
Chapter 0018
175
Chapter 0019
185
Level Three
262
Chapter 0028
263
Chapter 0029
270
Chapter 0030
277
Chapter 0031
289
Chapter 0032
298
Chapter 0033
307
Chapter 0034
321
Chapter 0035
329
Chapter 0036
337
Chapter 0037
344
Chapter 0038
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Chapter 0039
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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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