Ready Player One

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

The worldwide bestseller—now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.


In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. 

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.


Ready Player One - Ernest Cline Summary

Ready Player One is a 2011 science fiction novel, and the debut novel of American author Ernest Cline. The story, set in a dystopian 2040s, follows protagonist Wade Watts on his search for an Easter egg in a worldwide virtual reality game, the discovery of which will lead him to inherit the game creator's fortune. Cline sold the rights to publish the novel in June 2010, in a bidding war to the Crown Publishing Group (a division of Random House). The book was published on August 16, 2011. An audiobook was released the same day; it was narrated by Wil Wheaton, who was mentioned briefly in one of the chapters.Ch. 20 In 2012, the book received an Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association division of the American Library Association and won the 2012 Prometheus Award. A film adaptation, screenwritten by Cline and Zak Penn and directed by Steven Spielberg, was released on March 29, 2018...


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Ready Player One - Ernest Cline Book Reviews (7,086)

The Wathens

Great read!4 star

Being a child of the late 70’s, with my formative years falling directly within the 1980’s, this boom brought back so many memories. I found myself consumed by the story, all except the unnecessary attempts to insult religious people. Other than those few immature attacks lacking any foundation in logic, ninety-nine percent of the book was worth the three days it took me to read. I’ve already highly recommend this book to others. 45

Legendboy_02

Amazing5 star

This is easily the best book ever 55

RyyyyX

What a ride5 star

If you’re a gamer with a passion for 80’s pop culture, you won’t be able to put this book down. Can’t wait to see the movie! 55

Lotech620

Just Fan Service3 star

I enjoyed the premise and the quest set up for this dystopian vision of the future. However, reading the main character’s research and obsession over everything related to the 1980s got boring after 10 chapters and there was still 30 more of that to go. Very little character interaction because for some stupid reason none of the characters introduced to each other realized they could work together. Nothing unique or creative, the puzzles were all pulled directly from referenced material, so no real surprises because the main character knew it all. Apparently people in the future only know how to name their avatars and ships after someone else’s character or ship from a beloved story. No character development on the villain. Of course the main character succeeds with every impossible task set before him. Disappointingly predictable. Good read if you want to be impressed with all of the obscure references of your childhood. 35

Plus_Encore

I will read this again5 star

This book made me nostalgic in a way no other book ever has. I find myself right there with the rest of these characters rooting for them to win and the IOI to get dusted! Despite the fictional nature of the players in this book, reading about them made me feel like I was surrounded by old friends. Their love of all the things pop culture related and love of video games makes me miss some of the nerd fests I used to be a pat of. I think I’m going to call some of my old friends and see what they’re up to. 55

googly beapr

The best movie5 star

Ready player one was awesome and the best movie ever 55

IGIGIGDRHJUTD

Drivel1 star

The author’s juvenile understanding of human relationships and communication cause this inexorably successful novel to rapidly devolve into a masturbatory, hallow exploration of the various 80s trends that he finds so appealing. Avoid at all costs. 15

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Love it5 star

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WowIt'sMira

One of the best books. EVER!5 star

I was at first skeptical of this books because I had never heard of it. But I’m glad I made the purchase! The plot is amazing, the attention to 80’s culture is beyond what I could’ve imagined, and it’s really amazing. 55

Nat0970

So Good5 star

I was on a family vacation, and this book was the greatest thing ever. I read it so good. 55

Shfibjunjf

Greatest book ever5 star

So good!!! 55

Jumping Joe 7234

Best book ever.5 star

It’s the best 55

musicismyboyfriend324

A must read5 star

This book brought tears to my eyes. Being a huge geek-girl I enjoyed this book immensely. I resonated with all the characters in the book and also used video games and avatars to hide from reality. It’s a must read! 55

Hoskey

Awesome read!5 star

The best book I've read in a while..truly enjoyed the Atari games referenced...loved the story through and through! Hope the movie does it some justice. 55

It keeps crahsing

GOOD AF 😭 Please read!5 star

There are thousands of gaming related books out there. They can be guidebooks, world records, or fan made stories. But they will NEVER beat this book, Ready Player One. This book had “the most forward and the most backward” Whoever wrote this book was a genius. These days music and pop culture is okay, but this book contains ALL the trends back in the 90s. Ready Player One mentions technology that was never heard of until now. It was as if it PREDICTED the future. I really enjoyed this amazing book, and I hope you do too! Ps. Are you guys HYPED for the movie? 55

Scrub Kai

A good story for this who remember the 1980s4 star

An enjoyable trip down memory lane. 45

Neptune1340

Good book5 star

Really great read I recommend reading this 55

your most dearest admirer

The best book5 star

This is honestly the best book I have ever read. I believe fully in the ability of the god of a writer that is Ernest Cline. I can’t wait for a new novel. And I most definitely want to see what you have in store for all of us. I personally enjoy your writing as a whole. Keep fighting the good fight. 55

Jesseyou72

Loved it5 star

This book was fun to read. Loved it and want more of the characters in the book. 55

Overlord644

Great book!5 star

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'm an old computer game geek and played all the games in the book (that should give away my age). I can't wait for the movie! 55


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