Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline

  • Release Date: 2011-08-16
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4.5
From 339 Ratings
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The bestselling cult classic—soon to be 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?


  • Just amazing

    By Need progress
    I absolutely don't enjoy reading but this book makes me want to read more!
  • I love this book.

    By Lucario25
    I own this book and I love it very much. This is one book that will have you wanting to read it again and it will have you wondering if the book will be made into a movie.
  • Ready Player One

    By Tamvervan
    Loved the pop culture references. Great pace; total page turner.
  • Best Book I've Ever Read!

    By TonyRome
    Excellent book, blasted right through it. I want more!
  • Ready.

    By AlexPope1668
    The 80s was a special time full of awesome things. They oft times don't get the respect they deserve, because they seem soft or even frivolous to many. Ready Player One treats all the things of the 80s with kindness and gentle appreciation. This book is a big thank you letter to all the people who contributed to what the 80s was, and an ode to what it meant to the people who grew up within it. The book is a quest and the Holy Grail is the joy the 80s brought to everyone. The killer bunny is the adorable idea of the ultimate virtual world. Listen to Tim... and Halliday, it's a lot more dangerous than it looks. :)
  • A good, fun read!

    By Herbiejimmie
    Especially for old school game lovers.
  • Holy ****

    By Bygghdjnfjgc
    This book kept me gripped from start to finish, I could not put it down. It's definitely going into my personal list of favourites.
  • Amazing

    By Lalaz1
    This is my favourite book I've ever read.
  • Ready player one

    By zeeneezach
    This is a favourite book of mine just because it took me back to my childhood. I still have and play my Atari 2600 and have aquired a number of games that includes many if the games mentioned in the book. My 13 year old loves the idea of an augmented or virtual reality and now asks me about the original games for the original systems. It is an awesome pop culture reference.
  • Willy wonka meets the matrix

    By |O|Green_Lantern|O|
    Often I find it hard to find a story that can take me away to a universe and keep me there. I got lost in the characters quest and the relationships he made whilst adventuring. This is honestly one of the best books I've ever read. I had the overwhelming urge cry and cheer out loud at the end. If you don read this novel you are truly missing out.