Ready Player One

eBook, 384 pages

English language

Published March 10, 2014 by Crown Publishing Group.

ISBN:
978-0-307-88745-0
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Goodreads:
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4 stars (110 reviews)

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 …

12 editions

80s nostalgia with a clever concept, but weak narrative

3 stars

Overall this was a fun read. The world itself is quite dystopian, but the OASIS is incredible. It feels like a very natural evolution of today's online society, for better or worse. Some of the plot can feel a little sluggish with the exposition and the slowdown in the second arc of the book, but it has a good payoff at the end. The characters are OK, but not developed as well as the focus is almost solely on the main character Parzival and his obsession with the 80s, the hunt, and Art3mis. I think the concept behind this (and the nostalgia) was pretty good, though the narrative could have been better, both in terms of characters and plot.

For a full review, check out my blog: strakul.blogspot.com/2024/05/book-review-ready-player-one-by-ernest.html

A great book for videogame enthusaists and those who love 80's culture.

5 stars

A great story regarding a late teen engaging in a video game quest with real-world impact. Set in a dystopian future, the tale gives you a blend of a virtual world learing to positive and meaningful real-life changes.

The story is told with enthusiasm and gives you a great insight into a late teen learning there is more to life than a virtual world. It also teaches you persistance, may lead to mindblowing results.

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

5 stars

I had a difficult time picturing much of the book, since it is based on references to other media and not described directly to the reader.

That's a feature, not a bug, but I would recommend reading this one near a computer so that you can look up scenes. At a certain point, Eldon Tyrell's office from Blade Runner is mentioned--this image is impossible to understand unless you have seen it in the film or at least in a clip on YouTube.

Apart from that, it was a great little book. Digestible, too. I already read so much for school that I have a hard time picking up a huge book and slogging through it. This was a much better bite-size for me.

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

5 stars

This was a re-read. I have been meaning to read again but figured it wasn't that long ago that I read it... but nope 2013... time flies.

I loved this book, in fact, I found it much more enjoyable the second time around. Instead of diving deep into the plot, I got to listen and enjoy the 80s nostalgia. This time around, it was so much more fun. Can't wait for the film.

Review of 'Ready Player One' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This was a fast read for me, very engaging. Riveting. Of course the 80's trivia was fun and nostalgic for me. I absolutely adored the ending, in more than one way.

One reason I have so much love for this novel is the good messages the four main characters help to illustrate. It is ironic that the these young people, who spend so much time plugged into OASIS because they feel like social misfits, would eventually forge such a strong bond--and they get to know each other before having the chance to be prejudiced by appearances or circumstance. (An avatar can be a good thing.) It is a virtual reality game that finally forces Aech, Parzival, Shoto, and Art3mis to become friends, outside of OASIS.

Some timely issues poke up, as well--greedy corporations, environmental devastation, an ever-growing chasm between ultra-rich and very poor, and even net neutrality.

This is good …

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

5 stars

The ultimate geek-out.

After a few so-so books in a row, decided to take some friends recommendations as give "RP1" a try.

While taking place in the future, with technologies we can only imagine today, RP1 is a throwback to the 1980s, this book is chalk full of references to the best and worst of the decade of my childhood: music, movies, TV shows, authors, fashion, and of course, video games. At the same time, it's a warning to us about taking care of our planet, about the power of corporations, and living in the real world - not just online.

Protip: If this book isn't geeky enough for you as it is, the audiobook on Audible is narrated by Wil Wheaton.

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