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Publisher Description


A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We're out of oil. We've wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS - and his massive fortune - will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle.

Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions - and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.

If you loved READY PLAYER ONE and can't wait for more, check out ARMADA, Ernest Cline's latest geek masterpiece!

‘Wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut’ Independent

‘Part intergalactic scavenger hunt, part romance, and all heart’ CNN

‘Ernest Cline’s novel deserves to be a modern classic’ SciFiNow

‘Gorgeously geeky, superbly entertaining, this really is a spectacularly successful debut’ Daily Mail

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
18 August
Random House
The Random House Group Limited

Customer Reviews

korben78 ,

Thoroughly enjoyable novel

Beats the pants off the movie. Will Wheaton is a brilliant, enthralling narrator and the story really draws you in. Quite often I would be sitting in my car when I got to my destination just to hear what happens next. Absolutely loved it.

Kazzican ,

Ready Player One

I really enjoyed this book. There’s nothing revolutionary about the concept or the themes - good vs evil, a low-key love story - but the author is so obviously besotted with his subjects, everything in the story and the worlds within it is vividly brought to life and it drags you in and pulls you along at a good pace. Kline touched upon identity and gender with “Aech”’s character and some bigger questions about gaming, namely the downside of missing out on reality when you choose to spend your time in a digital alternative one, but sadly didn’t take the opportunity to explore these ideas further. Apparently he didn’t want to write ‘that’ kind of book. I think it’s a shame, an opportunity missed. Instead of writing an ‘important’ book he chose to stick with merely a ‘good’ one. Still, an enjoyable read.

Dhruv94 ,

Addictive Science Fiction

Highly addictive science fiction albeit the end was expected right from the start.

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