Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline

  • Release Date: 2011-08-16
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4.5
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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.


  • Great read!

    By The Wathens
    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.
  • Amazing

    By Legendboy_02
    This is easily the best book ever
  • What a ride

    By RyyyyX
    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!
  • Just Fan Service

    By Lotech620
    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.
  • I will read this again

    By Plus_Encore
    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.
  • The best movie

    By googly beapr
    Ready player one was awesome and the best movie ever
  • Drivel

    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.
  • Love it

    By Qwerty987654ytrewq
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  • One of the best books. EVER!

    By WowIt'sMira
    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.
  • So Good

    By Nat0970
    I was on a family vacation, and this book was the greatest thing ever. I read it so good.