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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (June 5 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307887448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307887443
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.1 x 20.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The science-fiction writer John Scalzi has aptly referred to READY PLAYER ONE as a 'nerdgasm' [and] there can be no better one-word description of this ardent fantasy artifact about fantasy culture…But Mr. Cline is able to incorporate his favorite toys and games into a perfectly accessible narrative.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Triggers memories and emotions embedded in the psyche of a generation...[Cline crafts] a fresh and imaginative world from our old toy box, and finds significance in there among the collectibles.—Entertainment Weekly

“A most excellent ride…the conceit is a smart one, and we happily root for [the heroes] on their quest…fully satisfying.” Boston Globe

“Enchanting…Willy Wonka meets the Matrix. This novel undoubtedly qualifies Cline as the hottest geek on the planet right now. [But] you don't have to be a geek to get it.” USA Today  

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

“An action-packed, highly entertaining, nostalgic thrill ride through the past combined with the danger and excitement of a not-too-distant future. It marries the fantastical world of Harry Potter with a touch of Orson Scott Card—where fantasy is reality, geeks are cool, and the possibilities are endless.”New York Journal of Books

Ridiculously fun and large-hearted, and you don't have to remember the Reagan administration to love it…[Cline] takes a far-out premise and engages the reader instantly…You'll wish you could make it go on and on.” —

“A delirious, crypto-nerd fantasia...Crammed with ’80s nostalgia and sugar-high prose, it's ridiculous and addictive and full of toy surprises.” —Village Voice

“A smart, funny thriller that both celebrates and critiques online culture...Layered with inside jokes and sly references.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“A fun, funny and fabulously entertaining first novel…This novel's large dose of 1980s trivia is a delight…[but] even readers who need Google to identify Commodore 64 or Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde, will enjoy this memorabilian feast.”Cleveland Plain Dealer

“The grown-up's 'Harry Potter’…the mystery and fantasy in this novel weaves itself in the most delightful way, and the details that make up Mr. Cline's world are simply astounding. READY PLAYER ONE has it all.”Huffington Post

“If you identify yourself as a nerd, geek, gamer, 1980s history buff, a fan of science, fantasy, or dystopian fiction, otaku, 1980s movie fan, romantic, someone who grew up in the 1980s, or a human with emotions—you will enjoy Ready Player One. If you identify with two or more of the above, it’s a guaranteed new favorite novel.”Sacramento News & Review

“A modern-day fairy self-assured and enthralling that it’s hard to believe this is his first novel.” —Long Island Press

“Incredibly entertaining…Drawing on everything from "Back to the Future" to Roald Dahl to Neal Stephenson's groundbreaking "Snow Crash," Cline has made READY PLAYER ONE a geek fantasia, '80s culture memoir and commentary on the future of online behavior all at once.” Austin American-Statesman

“An exhilerating, unpredictable trip...Part Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and part The Da Vinci Code with a healthy dose of Tron.” —Asbury Park Press

“READY PLAYER ONE is the ultimate lottery ticket.”New York Daily News

“[Picture] the adventure comedy of Mike Judge’s Idiocracy meets South Park’s Imaginationland with a dash of Willy Wonka, except all of the cynicism has been replaced by sheer geeky love. Grade: A.” —

“A preposterously great read and a richly imagined science-fiction world that uses the very idea of nostalgia as a thematic jumping-off point...One of the true geek events of the year.” —

“This non-gamer loved every page of READY PLAYER ONE.” —Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series

“A treasure for anyone already nostalgic for the late 20th century. . . But it’s also a great read for anyone who likes a good book.” —

“A gunshot of fun with a wicked sense of timing and a cast of characters that you're pumping your fist in the air with whenever they succeed. I haven't been this much on the edge of my seat for an ending in years.” Chicago Reader

“A rollicking, surprise-laden, potboiling, thrilling adventure story…. I loved every sentence of this book.” —Mark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing

"A 'frakking' good read [featuring] incredible creative detailI grinned at the sheer audacity of Cline's imagination.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

[A] fantastic page-turner….READY PLAYER ONE may be science fiction, but it's also written for people who have never picked up an SF novel in their lives…”
—Annalee Newitz,

“Intriguing and thrilling. Gamers and fans of '80s pop culture will find many familiar references throughout the story...Definitely an enjoyable read and one that can be appreciated by fans of many different genres.” —

“Gorgeously geeky, superbly entertaining, this really is a spectacularly successful debut.” Daily Mail (UK)

“Fascinating and imaginative…It's non-stop action when gamers must navigate clever puzzles and outwit determined enemies in a virtual world in order to save a real one. Readers are in for a wild ride.” —Terry Brooks, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shannara series

“I was blown away by this book…A book of ideas, a potboiler, a game-within-a-novel, a serious science-fiction epic, a comic pop culture mash-up–call this novel what you will, but READY PLAYER ONE will defy every label you try to put on it. Here, finally, is this generation’s Neuromancer.” —Will Lavender, New York Times bestselling author of Dominance

“I really, really loved READY PLAYER ONE…Cline expertly mines a copious vein of 1980s pop culture, catapulting the reader on a light-speed adventure in an advanced but backward-looking future.” —Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse 

“A nerdgasm…imagine Dungeons and Dragons and an 80s video arcade made hot, sweet love, and their child was raised in Azeroth.” —John Scalzi, New York Times bestselling author of Old Man’s War

“Completely fricking awesome...This book pleased every geeky bone in my geeky body.  I felt like it was written just for me.” —Patrick Rothfuss, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wise Man’s Fear  

“An exuberantly realized, exciting, and sweet-natured cyber-quest. Cline’s imaginative and rollicking coming-of-age geek saga has a smash-hit vibe.” Booklist (starred review) 

“This adrenaline shot of uncut geekdom, a quest through a virtual world, is loaded with enough 1980s nostalgia to please even the most devoted John Hughes fans… sweet, self-deprecating Wade, whose universe is an odd mix of the real past and the virtual present, is the perfect lovable/unlikely hero.” Publishers Weekly (Pick of the Week) 

About the Author

ERNEST CLINE has worked as a short-order cook, fish gutter, plasma donor, elitist video store clerk, and tech support drone.  His primary occupation, however, has always been geeking out, and he eventually threw aside those other promising career paths to express his love of pop culture fulltime as a spoken word artist and screenwriter. His 2009 film Fanboys, much to his surprise, became a cult phenomenon.  These days Ernie lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, their daughter, and a large collection of classic video games.  READY PLAYER ONE is his first novel.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ahoffoss TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 17 2015
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I can't not begin to tell you just how much I loved this book! I've seen it for a while in my "recommendations" for, but never really thought seriously about buying it because I didn't think that I'd enjoy it (for some reason or another). However, once I discovered that Steven Spielberg was going to direct the film adaptation, I decided that maybe I should check it out. I ordered it that day and quickly read it 3 days later. I could not put it down! To be honest I'm usually not one to care about a director or writer doing a movie adaptation, but something told me that this one was one that I should check out. I also discovered that trying to explaining the synopsis to someone that doesn't understand what an "Easter Egg" makes you look like an idiot!

As soon as I opened it up and started reading about Wade and his quest for Halliday's egg I couldn't stop. Every page led me to another memory from my childhood and every hint kept me guessing where it was going to lead. Honestly, the dept of knowledge that Cline has on 80's pop culture is phenomenal! Of course there are going to be those that say, "Yeah, but that information is readily available online!" Yeah, I'm sure that it is, but simply being able to compile such a vast amount of information to even BEGIN with before even thinking about looking up the facts is amazing! He spouts off games and information that (I'd imagine) only a handful of people alive know exists.

I've read critics says that it's simply the "nostalgic" factor that makes this book sell. I found the book to be a really fun ride from the very first page to the very last. I couldn't wait to finish and see how it ended and now I can't wait to start it all over!

Final Verdict: Read it, read it, READ IT!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maria Casacalenda TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 13 2015
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Wow. Just wow. I enjoyed every last bit of this book. The references, the detail, the unique and creative storyline. This should be on everyone's must read list. I had been meaning to read this for a long time and I finally had the opportunity when one of my best friends had an extra copy that she let me borrow. My only regret is that I didn't read this sooner.

Ready Player One is completely original and unique. I haven't read anything like this and I think it was the perfect story to introduce me to the science fiction genre. I have always wanted to get into science fiction and fantasy and I was never really sure where to start. I've read other stories within this genre and none have ever really grabbed me. Ready Player One has definitely changed that.

I think that the blurb on the front cover of this book describes it perfectly. "Willy Wonka meets The Matrix." The idea of a worldwide hunt for the billions of dollars inside a simulated world called OASIS, left behind by the man who created it, is just such a unique and interesting concept. The thought that went into this novel is unreal. Everything was thoroughly crafted and detailed. There were no holes left in the story and I didn't question a single moment. This was an insanely fast paced read and absolutely nothing dragged on.

The references within this book are fantastic. Although I wasn't alive during the 80's, I grew up with parents who experienced the amazing decade while they were in their 20s. I grew up listening to the music and watching the movies that were popular during that decade. I feel very proud to say that I understood quite a lot of the movie and music references.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ThatGuy on Nov. 23 2014
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This book is pure, unadulterated fun, from first word to final credits. Enough 80's kitch to make any fanboy (or girl) randy. Mr. Cline has you in his sights, from the very first page. He's meticulous and stealthy, every twist delights and every turn elicits an emotion. Part action adventure, part love connection, this is a tale with all of the fixings. A classic among post-apocalyptical classics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Mcmanus on May 31 2015
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Sometimes a book i just a great escape. This book is one of those.Combine the following themes: a detective mystery (who done it?), a western (the good guy against the forces of nature and the bad guys), innumerable references to the 80s and their games, TV shows and music, a teen age coming of age story, sci fi in the future, medieval sorcerer type action..this has it.

It starts somewhat slowly, but after some number of pages the pace picks up, and the adventures start. Get it; you won't regret it.
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Once in a while, if you’re lucky, you’ll come across a novel that just blows you away. “Ready Player One” is such a novel. Ernest Cline’s debut is an absolute page-turner that I couldn’t put down. It kept me up late into the night, three nights in a row, desperate to find out what happened next to Wade Watts, a.k.a. Parzival.
“Ready Player One” is easily one of my favorite books of the year. The premise is straightforward: in the near future, a virtual reality game called OASIS dominates the world and allows people to live out their wildest fantasies in a multi-planet world filled with all manner of avatars from all over the world. Put on your visors, wear your haptic gloves and log in. The hero of the book, Parzival, is on a quest for Halliday’s Easter Egg, just like everyone else on Earth. Halliday, the creator of OASIS has died and left his fortune to anyone who can solve his riddle. The winner will receive the ultimate prize: Halliday’s massive multi-billion dollar inheritance and control over the OASIS empire. For years, no one has made a dent in finding the first of three keys. Until Parzival.
Wade/Parzival is super geeky and absolutely adorable. He’s the classic underdog living in the slums and abject poverty, trying to carve a life for himself. He’s got no money and no resources at the beginning of the book, but through the quest, he acquires some valuable friends, XP, weapons, experience and develops overall as a character. I was rooting for him right from the get-go and I felt like his character was superbly developed.
However, that’s not to say there weren’t flaws in the book. The main problems I could see with this book was a) it would be impossible for millions of users to all connect to OASIS at once without lag.
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