Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)

A Novel

Paperback, 374 pages

English language

Published July 9, 2011 by Crown Publishers.

ISBN:
978-0-307-88743-6
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4 stars (110 reviews)

Ready Player One is a 2011 science fiction novel, and the debut novel of American author Ernest Cline. The story, set in a dystopia in 2045, follows protagonist Wade Watts on his search for an Easter egg in a worldwide virtual reality game, the discovery of which would 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 2011 Prometheus Award. A film adaptation, screenwritten by Cline and Zak Penn and directed …

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Review of 'Ready Player One' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

A book I couldn't wait to get back into every day. Second Life meets "Hey, Remember the 80s?" with completely entertaining results. To be honest, though, I have a hard time thinking anyone but Generation Xers wouldn't eventually grow weary of the continual references to a very specific and culturally isolated decade.

Also--a little bit of a deus ex machina addiction, but I personally enjoyed the book so much, I'll give it a pass.

Review of 'Player one' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Comme d'autres oeuvres, ce roman est un monument à une époque : une espèce de condensé de nostalgie montrant à ceux qui se revendiquent aujourd'hui geek ce que voulait dire ce terme à l'époque des pionniers. Du coup, chaque oeuvre /produit ayant eu dans les années 80 le moindre intérêt pour l'auteur se voit citée, implicitement ou explicitement, de façon à fournir aux jeunes de notre époque un cadre d'appréciation de la culture pop des années 80. Les références ne sont évidemment pas les miennes (pas un mot de Cobra, ce qui me désole toujours)... Mais dans l'ensemble le schéma correspond bien à la mauvaise culture de ma jeunesse.
Il y a évidemment une histoire autour de ces références. Orientée jeune adulte puisque c'est actuellement le marché porteur (bien plus que la bit/chick/lit ou le mommy porn). Du coup, le héros de 17 ans est un champion des scripts kiddies …

Review of 'Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

A true geek's novel.

A games developer dies and wills his entire fortune to the player who can find three keys and clear the three matching gates. All of this within the virtual reality MMORPG The Oasis.

It is a classic quest story with a huge amount of 80's geek trivia in matters as diverse as movies, music, anime and of course video games.

The book is read by Wil Wheaton, adding another layer of geek cred.

Review of 'Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

This has been on my "currently reading" list since December 2012. I've given up and restarted it on and off since then. It was such a struggle to get through. I think the problem is that it irritates the same parts of my brain as The Big Bang Theory - it's supposed to appeal to nerds like me, but it's such a shitshow that I find myself getting annoyed. In place of any character development or story, we're treated to a never-ending string of "like that thing in $nerd_reference". Right up until the last chapter. "It was a hedge maze. With the same layout as the one in Labyrinth". This is cheap, lazy writing at its worst. Dan Brown, all is forgiven.

Review of 'Ready Player One' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

There was one point in this novel where I was grinding my teeth. It was spelled out for the characters how to find the Jade Key to go further in their treasure hunt, and somehow I got it in an instant and those ubergeeks who knew everything about the creator of the treasure hunt and his way of thinking keep on missing it for weeks. Old run-down house and collecting trophies! How hard can it be?!

Which means most likely that I am a bit too geeky in some way. At least I can't quote WarGames from memory, but at least the Monty Python challenge later would have been able for me.

Ready Player One is about a treasure hunt in a virtual reality (OASIS) which by the point when the novel takes place has taken over all other MMORPGs and works as most peoples' workplace, school, entertainment, and what-have-you. …

Review of 'Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This is light, almost fluffy reading, but above all, it is incredibly fun reading. I think in order to fully appreciate this book the reader needs to meet one major condition: a) enjoy video games. If this condition is met, there are further conditions that can enhance the enjoyment: b) having grown up in the 80s and c) having played arcade video games. Also probably d) love old Japanese anime like Supaidaman and e)a sweeping love for anything related to SF and fantasy etc.

Lucky for me I grew up in the 80s and have played a couple arcade games, and I generally do enjoy me some video games. The story is set about 40 years ahead in the future, in a world with no oil left, where people are poor and flee into OASIS which is basically a virtual reality version of what we know as MMOs today. They …

Review of 'Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Very geeky/nerdy book chock full of references to stuff I love. Great story, though if there's one thing I would nitpick, is that sometimes seeing so many geektastic references piled together in certain parts of the book almost seemed like the author was trying to add them for the sake of adding them, as if he were checking off a list. But OTOH, Halliday was obsessive about this stuff, so it makes sense to the story to do so. A part of me just felt ever so slightly annoyed by the sheer amount of geeky references. But it certainly wasn't a dealbreaker. Highly recommended reading for children of the 80s. :-)

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Subjects

  • Regression (Civilization)
  • Utopias
  • Virtual reality
  • Fiction
  • Puzzles