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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.

“Enchanting . . . Willy Wonka meets The Matrix.”—USA Today • “As one adventure leads expertly to the next, time simply evaporates.”—Entertainment Weekly

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

In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the OASIS, a vast virtual world where most of humanity spends their days.

When the eccentric creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of fiendish puzzles, based on his obsession with the pop culture of decades past. Whoever is first to solve them will inherit his vast fortune—and control of the OASIS itself. 

Then Wade cracks the first clue. Suddenly he’s beset by rivals who’ll kill to take this prize. The race is on—and the only way to survive is to win.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Entertainment Weekly • San Francisco Chronicle • Village Voice • Chicago Sun-Times • iO9 • The AV Club

“Delightful . . . the grown-up’s Harry Potter.”HuffPost

“An addictive read . . . part intergalactic scavenger hunt, part romance, and all heart.”—CNN

“A most excellent ride . . . Cline stuffs his novel with a cornucopia of pop culture, as if to wink to the reader.”Boston Globe

“Ridiculously fun and large-hearted . . . Cline is that rare writer who can translate his own dorky enthusiasms into prose that’s both hilarious and compassionate.”—NPR

“[A] fantastic page-turner . . . starts out like a simple bit of fun and winds up feeling like a rich and plausible picture of future friendships in a world not too distant from our own.”iO9

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Wil Wheaton
hr min
August 16
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

Farmgirlshelley ,

Best book ever!!!

This book is exciting and is a must listen to for all gamers and lovers of the 80s! Will Wheaton does a perfect performance narrating this book. My entire family loves this audio book. You must get this one!!!!!

Wakesalot ,


I loved this book. Bought it in audio form. Wonderfully narrated. Listened to it nearly non-stop. I am not a gamer but nerdy enough to enjoy all the references to video games. The movie will likely disappoint as the book is so good!! Definitely recommend whole-heartedly!!

PS83 ,

Children of the 80's

If your a child of the 80's or even the 90's like myself and have any self respect for your childhood. Your gonna be in good hands with this book.

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