Ready Player One (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Ready Player One (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Ernest Cline
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Ready Player One (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) by Ernest Cline

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780606264129
Publisher: Demco Media
Publication date: 06/30/2012
Pages: 374
Sales rank: 366,727
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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.

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Ready Player One 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 850 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not want this book to end! If you randomly stumbled upon this book, like i did, give it a shot, you won't be sorry!
Roger Soussou More than 1 year ago
A must read for any person who has a love for video games and sci-fi literature. A book filled with memories of games ranging from pacman and older all the way up to present day online social gaming, while also seeing a future vision of a post apocolyptic future. A fun and great read for anyone.
Caitlamos More than 1 year ago
Words cannot effectively convey my gratitude to Cline for writing such an imaginative, wholly absorbing world for me to live in. Let me make this perfectly clear : I am not big on the 80's. I have no in depth knowledge of video-games. And mostly everything mentioned in Clines book went totally over my head. With all this in mind, it was STILL one of the best books I have ever read ( and I've read A LOT of books). It was so good that I read it all in one go, over the course of 12 hrs. I was literally biting my nails, and when I wasn't reading it in bed, I was on the edge of my seat. When I had to stand up to refill my coffee cup (because as far as Im concerned, the only thing you can drink while reading this book is coffee. The reason being that sleep is just not an option) I was pacing at extraordinary speeds, narrowly missing pets in the process. If you don't read this book you are missing out. Big time. I will most definitely re-read this book, a great honor let me tell you, as only a few books out of hundreds have ever held the position. I will also force all of my friends to read it because after ch.1 they'll be hooked. So thank you Mr. Cline again, for crafting this wholly absorbing, original, and entertaining world for us all to enjoy. You did good :) (PS. THEY'RE MAKING A MOVIE!!! :D <3)
JamesRafferty More than 1 year ago
This book is the bomb! And not just any kind of bomb, but a classic grenade for all the geeks out there (yeah like me!). A book with the touch of old school gaming from the ever popular Pacman to the Dungeons and Dragons! If being a nerd means reading more books that tickle my fancy like this then I am a nerd all throughout!Whew!
sBuxton More than 1 year ago
If you liked The Hunger Games, you'll enjoy this. It was lovely romp down memory lane. If you ever paid a quarter to play a video game, were ever a Dungeon Master, watched Tom Baker on PBS or wached Lady Hawk on Beta (you don't have admit that last one outloud) other words, if you were a geek before it was will love this book!
Readinista More than 1 year ago
Get ready to get your geek on. Well, technically I should say, get ready to get your 80′s geek on. I will preface my review with you must be nerd to read this book, or at least willing to embrace your inner nerd. Additionally, a love or deep appreciation for the 80′s is required. If you are not nerd, you will likely loose interest as the entire book is drenched in all things gaming, tech, and 1980′s pop culture. That said, this book is an epic ride through a virtual world with a not so average hero as your guide. Wade Watts lives in a trailer park with his aunt, who sees Wade as more of a food stamp source than an actual family member. His unfortunate life situation drives him to spend most of his time inside the OASIS, a virtual world, that’s best described as a combination of a virtual reality video game and the internet. Inside the OASIS, a user can play video games, hang out in a virtual chat room, and even attend school. One of the many things driving people to spend time in the virtual world is the OASIS wide ‘Easter egg’ hunt set up by James Halliday, the creator of the OASIS. Halliday set up the ultimate video game that calls back to all of his favorite 80′s video game, movies, and music, and the winner will receive his entire fortune. Wade, also known as Wade3 and Parzival in the OASIS, is one of a millions of people hunting the for Copper Key to unlock the first of three gates in Halliday’s game. That is, he was one of the millions until he found the Copper Key. Ready Player One has been categorized in the Young Adult genre, however, I kind of feel like this book would go over the heads of most young adults these days. I mean no offense to them in the slightest. I’m in my late twenties and I didn’t get many of the things referenced in this book, so I would imagine a teenager might miss a context. That is, unless they have an unhealthy obsession with the 80′s. I feel more adults would enjoy this book than teenagers. In fact, I think it’s already extremely popular among the 30-40 somethings. That said, the author does a pretty thorough job of explaining the many 80′s facts dropped in this story, so it’s not too difficult to keep up. Referencing everything from Billy Idol to Rush, anime to School House Rock, Atari to the Apple 1, and 16 Candles to Monty Python’s The Holy Grail, Cline crams it all in. There were so many 80′s facts that I began to I feel like I was prepping to be on an 80′s edition of Jeopardy. I know more about the 80′s than I ever cared to know. And I have to admit it feels kinda good. To give you a little taste, Ernie Cline posted his personal soundtrack/mix-tape for Ready Player One on his blog. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Ready Player One. I can truly say that I haven’t read or heard of anything like it before. It’s original, clever, witty, and engaging. It’s a trip through 80′s nostalgia and it’s tons of fun. I highly recommend this book to nerds, 80′s fans, and anyone looking for something completely different.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
from page 1! I enjoyed this book and wish for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great mix of Snow Crash and 80's refrences. A must for any video game nerd.
KimballSK More than 1 year ago
So, our buddy Wade, is living in a pretty grim reality in 2044. The world has devolved to the extreme have's and have-not's (guess which one Wade is...) and almost everyone has retreated to a Utopian virtual world of their own design, OASIS. Wade is an OASIS fanatic and when the gazillionaire creator of OASIS dies and leaves his fortune up for grabs to anyone smart enough to get it, Wade is an unlikely but strong contender. Wade has to avoid death and destruction (literally and virtually) in his attempt to find every clue and solve the puzzle before anyone else. The Easter eggs and puzzles are all retro (from the 1980's) and are fun to read and solve along with Wade for anyone who might remember (and love) War Games, John Hughes, and old school video games. The stakes are high as an evil corporation is hell bent on solving the mystery before our beleaguered hero. Ready Player One is somewhat of a cross between Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Tron and Second Life with Eagle Eye thrown in for good measure. The pace is brisk and at several points, the pages were turning so fast I thought I was going to get carpal tunnel. I could easily see Ready Player One becoming a great adventure/suspense movie. And guess what? It is! 2014. Great, rollicking thrill ride through our past, present and future. I can't wait to see what Ernest Cline comes up with next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was surprised by just how many things were referenced in this book. It was a lot of fun however and all made sense in context. It certainly helped that I was familiar with most of the things the main character mentioned. I'm not sure if this would be nearly as enjoyable for someone who isn't familiar with lots of random things from the 80's. On one hand I got a great deal of entertainment out of this novel. It was fun, decently paced, well written, and well researched (for the most part, though there were a few glaring errors). On the other hand there were a few instances where I couldn't tell if the author was being ignorant of if the character was. There were also several things that happened towards the end of the story which I felt conflicted about. They weren't quite strong enough for me to feel as if it was a commentary on unfortunate societal norms and they came out more like cop-outs to pacify anyone who noticed the lack of characters in a minority group. I get the impression things were likely meant to be more on the "commentary" side of things which is why I'm still giving it 4 stars. The lack of a 5th star is due to my uncertainty over whether it could stand up on it's own without the reader being familiar with 80's media.
TiBookChatter More than 1 year ago
It's the year 2044 and the real world is apparently a place where no one wishes to live. Instead, everyone chooses to live in the OASIS, a virtual world created by James Halliday. Users don their gear, sit in their Haptic chairs and then surround themselves with valuable artifacts to be used in the game. Their avatars are everything as they choose to live their lives behind these figures. Wade Watts is one of those people. He's a kid, living with an Aunt who really doesn't want him there and he has no real-life friends and only a few virtual ones, but what he does have is skill. This comes in handy when Halliday leaves his entire fortune to the person who can solve the OASIS riddle that he's left behind. What worked for me, are the numerous references to 80's pop-culture. I am an 80's girl, through and through so I enjoyed many of the references, but this book tried to be too many things and in the end it was completely consumed by the game itself. I never considered myself a gamer, but when I was in middle school, I spent a good chunk of time playing Pac -Man, Galaga, and let's not forget Frogger. So the fact that gaming was front of and center, really wasn't the issue here, to me, it had to do with balance or specifically the lack of it. I didn't really like any of the characters and they all seemed a bit flat. Perhaps much of that is due to the fact that many of their true identities are not revealed until the end of the book. Instead, we are introduced to their avatars which to me, left a lot to be desired. For this book to have worked for me, I needed more of Wade outside of his avatar, a less predictable story and a little less of the gaming re-hash that ensued every time Wade had to do battle with his opponent via an 80's video game.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amusing though somewhat near sighted exploration of 80's Pop Culture employing a formula common amongst online writers. While enjoyable it didn't strike me as a text that I'll recall a month or even a week from now. I wouldn't judge the authors ability based off of this work alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book overall, and would not mind recommending it to a fan of video games and such. The writing is fine, but I can sum up the style of this book in one phrase: "How many 80's references can we pack into a given sentence?" I understand that the main character causing the quest was a huge 80's fan and so on, but MAN, it's almost like he (the author) was trying to show how much research he did/stuff he remembered rather than writing a fuller story. The times that were spent on talking about the current dystopia in which the world found itself, and the ways people survived, THOSE were the best parts of the story.
Burg More than 1 year ago
I'm saying it right off the bat....I loved, loved, loved this one! I honestly didn't want this read to end. I found myself really wishing that it was a series opener instead of a stand alone title because I would love nothing more than for the story to lead somewhere else so that I wouldn't have to say goodbye to these great characters, this wonderful world, and all the action and excitement Cline brought to the table with this title. I cannot thank the lovely people at Random House NY for introducing me and sending me a copy of this wonderful book. Cline's writing was refreshing, easy to relate to, and the type that kept you wanting nothing more than to keep reading even whether during an intense action scene, a romantic flirtation, or just a casual conversation between characters. As someone who has enjoyed video games but never got crazy into them, I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this title, but I shouldn't have worried. Cline will have you engrossed in the story after the very first chapter and no one will be able to resist the storyline he's laid out for his readers. I found myself wishing this was really happening, finally appreciating some of the technology that surrounds us, wondering what it would be like to be able to play out a role in a movie, pick apart a mystery so large that the contest itself could last for years without anyone coming close....the anticipation alone was addicting. I unfortunately had never heard about this before it was sent to me, but I can tell you that now that I have, I'll be recommending it to everyone I know, making to sure to gift it to my big reader friends, and hoping with crossed fingers that Cline brings another title to the table in the future that lives up to this amazing book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At once nostalgic and futuristic, this book is a must for any self proclaimed geek, nerd, dork or otherwise. Fantastic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clever use of trivia. Excellent fast paced story with a grest message. Why yes, the real world is better but I would love to spend sometime in Oasis, maybe I already do, it's just called Everquest. 4 out of 5 because it is better than your average dystopian novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never write reviews but for the geek in all of us I must say this is a must read. I read all the time and I have to say this book kept me turning pages and not wanting it to end. I loved it. I am sure any GEEK would.
JeriStar More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book. Anyone who loves the 80s or video games (especially vintage classics) will love this book. Its set in the very close future where earth has no more fossil fuels and there is serious overcrowding (trailer parks are now called stacks because they've stacked trailers on top of each other to make more room). A genius computer programer built an online universe called the OASIS where people can live and work without ever leaving their homes in the real world (think the Matrix only voluntary). The creator of the OASIS has died and he left everything to the person who can solve his massive puzzle/treasure hunt game that he's programed into the OASIS. Anyone can search for the Egg (lots of early video games had Easter Eggs that true gamers could find and learn more about the game/programer etc), but only someone who knows and understands all of the obscure 80s references & games that the programer loved so well will be able to find it. Follow some true gamers (or gunters for 'egg-hunters') as they battle corporate scum and wannabe posers in their search for the ULTIMATE PRIZE: control over the OASIS and all of the millions of dollars that go with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First thing ihave to say... WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It took me 2 1/2 days to read The plot was good... let me rephrase that... amazing!! Characters were well described and were attatchable. Each one was unique. It had happy moments but some sad. The end just breathless then quickly fills you up with happy gas! I didnt grow up in the 80's... i wasnt even alive. This book is for every gamer and dystopian lover, regardless of what decade you came from. So please give this book a chance and prepare to be sucked into a world that you will never forget!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ^_^
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An easy recommendation for sci fi fans who grew up in the early 1980's. Fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A friend recommended this book a little over a week ago. I could hardly put it down once I started reading it. It is a fast, easy read.
Meli_Green More than 1 year ago
READY PLAYER ONE is one great piece of literature, a book that not only will get hold of you from page one and never let go but it will also speak directly to your soul. At the same time though, Gen-Xers will have the time of their life in a nostalgia trip of the 1980's like no other. I dare you not to fall in love with Ready Player One. And I mean head over heels in love--the way you fall for someone who is smart, feisty, and who can effortlessly finish your favorite movie lines, music lyrics, or literature quotes before they come out of your mouth. The story is set in a near-term future in which the new, new form of the Internet is a realistic virtual multi-verse called the OASIS. Most human interaction takes place via goggles and gloves in millions of unique worlds, including the boring (and free) “public education” world from which our teenage protagonist must escape. But Ready Player One isn’t just a fanboy’s wet dream. Real villains are lurking, threatening our hero with death in their ruthless hunt for the treasure. Worse, these corporate baddies are posers with no love for the game – they have movie dialogue piped in via radio earpieces, use bots to cheat at arcade games like JOUST, and don’t hesitate to terrorize or murder people in the real world to achieve their aims inside the OASIS. Filled with adventure, close calls, death, humor, romance, friendship, pain and a bajillion references to 1980s pop culture, the book is a kick to read. I enjoyed it immensely, and found myself so caught up in the story that I abandoned any pretense of sleep and devoured the book in just a few days. As the book climaxes, a mega-battle unfolds with sobering life-or-death stakes, yet soldiered entirely by exciting and downright fun pop-culture icons. The bad guys are piloting a ferocious Mechagodzilla. Our good guy has to leave his X-Wing fighter aboard his private flotilla so that he can pilot an authentic Ultraman recreation. And how do you not grin when someone dons a pair of virtual Chuck Taylor All Stars that bestow the power of flight? Ready Player One is one of the best books I've read this year, and it has definitely put Cline on my radar as an author to watch. The film rights have been sold and Cline (who is also a scriptwriter) is working on the script. I'd love to see Ready Player One on the big screen. In the meantime, I heartily recommend you read Ready Player One!!!
sid6871 More than 1 year ago
This is one book I found hard to put down. It kept me excited all the way through. A great story that includes the many things I remember from the time period. I loved all the references and the way they were included. A very fun read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was totally hoooked the whole way through
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect for fans of sci-fi, fantasy, action, adventure, and theres even a little romance thrown in too.