Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Book - 2011 | First edition
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"Ready Player One takes place in the not-so-distant future--the world has turned into a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia. People can plug into OASIS to play, go to school, earn money, and even meet other people (or at least they can meet their avatars), and for protagonist Wade Watts it certainly beats passing the time in his grim, poverty-stricken real life. Along with millions of other world-wide citizens, Wade dreams of finding three keys left behind by James Halliday, the now-deceased creator of OASIS and the richest man to have ever lived. The keys are rumored to be hidden inside OASIS, and whoever finds them will inherit Halliday's fortune. But Halliday has not made it easy. And there are real dangers in this virtual world. Stuffed to the gills with action, puzzles, nerdy romance, and 80s nostalgia, this high energy cyber-quest will make geeks everywhere feel like they were separated at birth from author Ernest Cline."--Chris Schluep, Amazon Best Book of the Month.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2011]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: New York :, Crown Publishers,, [2011]
ISBN: 9780307887443
9780307887436
030788743X
Branch Call Number: Science Fiction Cline
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 25 cm

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"A thrilling, futurist read with amazing 80s pop culture references throughout. You can skip the movie." RuthAnn, Library Services Manager (a multiple staff pick for the decade!)


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ChristiHodill
Sep 23, 2020

Fantastic book. Good plot, perfect main character, great setting, and good writing. Art3mis is not my favorite as a love interest, but that's just stretching for some criticism. So excited for book two!

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bell5133
Sep 18, 2020

The author had a lot of knowledge about the 1980s. I didn’t know most of what he talked about, but I still found the book enjoyable. Anyone who is into video games at all will probably enjoy it. It was a believable dystopian story where everyone is living in a dirty, miserable, ruined world and has all their fun in a virtual world instead. It didn’t glorify the future or the OASIS game. Even though Wade spends almost his entire life in the game, he acknowledges how depressing it all is.

I liked the part on page 16 where Wade says he wishes someone had been honest with him about life.
I liked that the characters were realistic, like the aunt who took Wade in just to get more food vouchers from the government.

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samvar
Sep 18, 2020

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline takes place in the year 2045 when the world is in bad shape. Poverty and unemployment are both at record highs. The protagonist of the story, Wade Watts, lives in a small apartment with an aunt who only keeps him for food vouchers from the government. Wade spends most of his time in the OASIS, an immense virtual world created by James Halliday. When Halliday dies with no relatives, he issues a quest to every user to follow the clues he left and find the so-called “easter egg”. The winner will win his entire fortune, and the clues he leaves are all related to 80’s culture. Wade must work hard to solve the clues before anyone else and judge what extremes he should go to. He must also deal with Innovative Online Industries, a company that will go to any measures to win the contest.
The plot of the story is very well-written and engaging. The adventure from planet to planet in search of the next clue will keep your attention. Another main storyline is Wade’s relationship with Art3mis, another top egg hunter, or gunter, as both debate how far the relationship of the two rivals can go. Similarly, he must balance his time between Art3mis and Aech, his best friend and another one of the best gunters. In addition, Wade must consider how much he should stay away from the real world and immerse himself in the virtual world of the OASIS. This is a recurring theme, as he slowly realizes that there is no alternative to real life. One strange part of the story was the reference to masturbation. I felt this unnecessary and will possibly push away some people. However, it is very short and that is no reason not to read the book. There are also repeated uses of profanity, but it is nothing that a teen will not hear in high school. Overall, Ready Player One is a book that every teen must read and will absolutely enjoy.

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reshmitham
Aug 06, 2020

It’s 2044, and the only world Wade knows is the OASIS. A virtual world where there’s literally everything anyone could ask for. It’s basically Wade’s home, and Wade has devoted his life and all the time he has in order to solve the puzzles the CEO of OASIS has left for him. Solving the puzzles doesn’t just mean he can escape the “horrible” life he lives in now, but it promises a new world full of fortune and power. And then Wade does it. He solves the first clue. And now big people are coming after him as well as other contenders. The race for the win begins, but to win, Wade might have to face the reality he’s tried so hard to avoid.

One thing I loved in this book was the amazing themes within it. There are themes of home, identity, and so much more. At times I even felt myself relating to some of the circumstances happening to Wade. To think such an unreal, dystopian world could be relatable to the present is so crazy to wrap my head around. Something else to keep in mind is Wade’s personality. He is so strong mentally and it really shows throughout the book. He has a great character development throughout and the relations he comes across is truly memorable and something to definitely learn from.

There aren’t many things to dislike in this book, but one thing was that at times I was a bit confused. That might just be me, but sometimes I felt the plot was moving too quickly for my taste, but I’m honestly just being picky.

If you’re looking for a dystopian novel that will for sure get you thinking more about the present, I would definitely recommend this book.

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clm86592
Aug 04, 2020

This book took a few chapters for me to get into. I am not super familiar with 80s culture but once the story got going it didn't matter because the author did a great job of explaining the key aspects that were important. I enjoyed the theme of loving people for their minds and the personal connection you can build, not just the way they look. I enjoyed the narration and look forward to reading the second book!

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mehaanu
Jul 04, 2020

this book is awesome

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genny1229
Jul 02, 2020

In a dystopian world ravaged by war, famine, and poverty, the only relief anyone can get from their wreck of a reality is a virtual world called the OASIS. The OASIS was created many years ago by a genius inventor named James Halliday, in an attempt to revamp virtual reality and video games, and to provide salvation to the slowly crumbling society of humans. When he dies at the height of his success, he promises a huge inheritance to whoever first finds an Easter egg he has hidden within the OASIS. In the current year of 2045, 5 years after he released the challenge at his moment of death, nearly the entire world has given up finding the Easter egg, until the main character of the book, Wade Watts, a neglected 18 year old boy who has spent his whole life living in the OASIS, solves the first clue. This book is great because it is filled with mystery, action, and suspense. With many surprising twists to the plot, this book is perfect for people who are looking for a good read with lots of excitement and historical references to video games made in the past. But this book also has lots of terms that people might not recognize, like video game names, references, or movie titles. I recommend this book for people ages 14+. This book contains inappropriate language and violence.

Hillsboro_RobP Jun 08, 2020

Written with the complete nerd in mind, this book goes from 80's films and music to D&D, anime, MMO's, and everything else in a fast-action geeked-out cyber adventure. It pretty much rocked my world. I'd love to laundry list all of the improbable but amazing things that happen in this book, but the bottom line is this was a YA book that did things I didn't think could happen to me anymore. As an adult reader, I'd given up on books that immerse the reader. I didn't find myself dissecting sentence structure or thinking about the plus and minus of the novel, I just wanted to see what happened next. Even when I knew what was going to happen next, I was excited for it rather than being disappointed by predictability. I still can't quite believe how fun that was.
Not a nerd? It probably won't be as exciting, and some of the in-jokes alone make it worth a read, but hey, try it anyway. Fantastic.
What I really admire is the use of cyberspace to create a novel without limitations. The author truly realizes that in a digital world, anything and everything is possible takes full advantage of it.

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miketany
May 27, 2020

Read Player One is a novel that tells a story of a future human civilization where people play a hyper-realistic video game called OASIS to escape the terrible reality of real life. This future civilization is plagued with issues of overpopulation, unemployment, and energy shortages. I think that this is a very likely future for humanity because as virtual reality technology advances, the more immersive it will become. Since many people struggle to cope with living in today’s society, they may use virtual reality as an escape from the real world. I think that the message this novel tells is a very important one, since overpopulation is a very real problem and that as long as the human population continues to grow, the worse social problems will become, eventually driving people to extremes to avoid these problems. At the end of the story, the two main characters are faced with a dilemma of choosing between eternal life in the digital world or they could use their fortune earned in completing a challenge in OASIS to make world peace. In the end, the main characters imply that they would never log back into OASIS again. I think that no matter how hard you try to avoid it, you will have to face reality eventually and it is better sooner than later to face it.

I rated this book a 10/10 because of how well it relates to the modern day gamer, since it uses relevant terminology. I think that it also relates to the 80’s craze for video games, since it was when video games really caught onto the public and everybody was playing them. I think that this book represents people wanting to do something that they could not do in real life virtually and allows them to compete virtually.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 05, 2020

Ready Player one is a great book for those who love the 80s culture and its Games, films and music of the time. Despite being a homage to 80s culture, the book takes place in the year 2045 In Oklahoma city. The story follows 18 year old Wade Watts, like him and most other people they are plugged into a virtual world where you can literally enter the videogame world. His goal is to find a legendary easter egg, if he or someone else finds the egg, they will control the virtual reality system worth billions of dollars. He'll have to solve puzzles along the way which contain clues to the location of an easter egg. The story itself is a fantastic adventure especially for video game lovers as the puzzles all involve Wade himself completing classic arcade video games of the 80s. Ready player one is an amazing example of a far future dystopian setting along with the nostalgic 1980s culture that so many people love. The rich vibrant world contained within the book and the characters that dwell within flow so well together it feels almost like a real living breathing world. I would give this book a full 5/5. @MoeBooks of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Ready Player One, Ernest Cline’s celebration of 80s nerd and video game culture is an excellent read for anyone who has played video games in any form and from any year. I think all teens interested in games and virtual reality should have this book at home. The author did a great job showing a futuristic society full of people that run away from reality into a virtual world exactly as most of young population now is doing (for one reason or another). At the same time the author presents the reader with some questions, such as: do we know who hides behind gamertags and online personas, can virtual friendship happen in the world of games as in real life, and are we always looking for something that just may be in front of us? The book pulls you in with fast action and references to virtual world, but author also braids in the reality. During the adventures we explore the strengths of the characters, the weaknesses of power hungry corporations, some readers may find an answer to forever questions asked by our parents daily: is this internet/game really that important? Maybe you can find the answer in this book, or maybe you just want to see a vision of the future of games. This is an excellent and enjoyable read. 5 stars
@wolfteen of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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bell5133
Sep 18, 2020

“As terrifying and painful as reality can be, it’s also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real.” - James Halliday (364)

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

“‘You mentioned that once on your blog. Two years ago.’ I almost cited the date of the actual blog entry before I realized it would make me sound even more like a cyber-stalking super-creep.”

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

"This ‘girl,’ whom I’d been cyber-crushing on for the past three years, might very well be an obese, hairy-knuckled guy named Chuck."

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

"Once I’d done my homework on Sorrento, I felt like I was ready to sit down with the devil."

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

"If I couldn't reach it on my own, I didn't deserve it at all."

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

"When it came to my research, I never took any shortcuts."

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

"... can we adjourn the Mutual Admiration Society ...?

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

"Dual zones permitted the use of both magic and technology, and null zones didn’t allow either. There were pacifist zones where no player-versus-player combat was allowed, and player-versus-player zones where it was every avatar for themselves."

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

Parzival: "The female of the species has always found me repellent."
Art3mis: "I don't find you repellent."

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

"I’d heard all the clichéd warnings about the perils of falling for someone you only knew online, but I ignored them. I decided that whoever Art3mis really was, I was in love with her. I could feel it, deep in the soft, chewy caramel center of my being."

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acks
Sep 24, 2018

Coarse Language: By the 2nd page, there is already some coarse language, but not extremely bad

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Red_Cat_41
Mar 05, 2018

Coarse Language: Corse language infrequent but makes this book unsuitable for under 13 years.

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Gr4c13
Feb 04, 2016

Coarse Language: The usual swearing when frustrated, nothing out of the ordinary.

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KeenaL
Jun 16, 2016

This kid is very poor and very alone. Being in this virtual world allows him to escape. He grows up in this society that is falling apart and only wants to find fortune. He stumbles upon his first clue into a puzzle everyone else has given up on. It leads into the most adventurous roller coaster of a lifetime, with plenty of retro 80's to go along with it.

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sbn_kc
Apr 09, 2013

An entertaining read about the 1980's "tech" looking back from 40 years in the future. Pacman, Atari 2600, and Journey are part of a quest through a completely virtual, all-encompassing universe.

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