Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read
The bestselling cult classic—now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.
At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.
It’s the year 2045, 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 this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.
And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.
Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Choosing Wil Wheaton to narrate Ernest Cline’s sci-fi love letter to ’80s pop culture is a stroke of genius. Wheaton is both an online ambassador of geek culture and a living embodiment of '80s trivia (he played Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Gordie in Stand by Me). Pouring energy and enthusiasm—and a surprisingly good Sean Connery imitation—into his storytelling, Wheaton channels the giddy nostalgia of Cline’s breathlessly paced virtual reality adventure. In other words, he Crushers it.
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This book appeals to nerds of nearly every type. I couldn't stop listening!
I had a strange desire to keep listening ALL THE TIME! I bought it on Saturday and finished it on Monday night. (I didn't listen on Sunday but maybe 30 min or so.) greatly enjoyed!
I wasn't born in the 80s and I enjoyed the book
once you get past the 80s overkill the story is enjoyable. I couldn't put it down. I felt myself fully immersed In this world Cline had created, I was rooting for the protagonist and very much loathed the sixers.