Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Large Print - 2017
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"In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the Oasis. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines -- puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win -- and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape"--Page 2 of cover.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, [2017]
ISBN: 9781524755614
Branch Call Number: SciFic Cline Large Type
Characteristics: 608 p. (large print) ; 24 cm
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Terry from Himmel Branch Library

I loved how this book wove science fiction into a nostalgia of the 1980s to make a fun, suspenseful and sometimes dark story of a dystopian future. William/Readrunners

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PimaLib_WilliamB Aug 17, 2016

If you liked "Stranger Things" you might want to pick up this 80's homage book, available in other formats as well.

Mondo '80s references with resourceful misfits versus the baddies.

Recommended by Mike L.


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Dqmnda
Nov 07, 2017

The concept of the book seemed interesting, so I checked it out. I have a few problems with how this was written, namely:
1) the propensity to overexplain concepts (such as MMO gaming) multiple times within the same chapter. I found myself yelling “you already told me that!” more than once.
2) a thesaurus was obviously absent from the author’s house. He keeps referring to one character as “Rubenesque,” every single time she’s mentioned.
3) I think the author confused a trailer from a trailer park with RVs.
Predictable, lazy storytelling wrapped in nostalgia.

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rubyal32
Oct 30, 2017

Great, engaging book. Not as deep or introspective as some classic Sci-Fi out there, but then again it doesn't really mean to be. Predictable? You can definitely call it that. On the other hand, it's great fun, and a total page turner.

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Somatick
Oct 25, 2017

The story reads as 80's pop culture meets amazing race. A tad predictable, but enjoyable none the less. If you enjoy playing video games (particularly classics) then this book is for you!

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chrstphrbrwn
Oct 23, 2017

I have mixed reactions regarding this story. Its an easy, page turning read. It generally follows the Hero's Journey algorithm, though I never got the sense that the protagonist was infallible. I didn't find any real morals to any parts of the story, other than perhaps the future of VR is sad and hollow, not heroic.

Its easy to get mixed up in the 80s nostalgia as a Gen Xer, but at the same time, the references smack as disingenuous. Like episodes of the television program "The Goldbergs," many references are of the design "Do you remember this? Yes? Cool!" The protagonist simply has to have knowledge of the 80s to move on in his quest, not actually solve any mind bending problems.

Overall, good to read at the pool or on the plane, just do not expect any Gibson or Stephenson level cyberpunk sophistication.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 22, 2017

“Ready Player One” is a science fiction by Ernest Cline. It is set in an oddly bureaucratic, capitalistic, dystopian future with a highly advanced virtual reality console called the OASIS. The story follows our main character, Wade Watts as he goes through the struggles of living in poverty and his eventual rise to glory. Despite being set in the future, the book features many 80s pop culture references and is an absolute joy to read if you do understand those references. It is also a good way for people who were born after the 80s to think about what entertainment was like during those times. The characters are mostly well-written, although they would occasionally seem too powerful and unrelatable. The plot is also easy to follow and enjoyable, with a good lesson to learn at the end of it all. In summary, the book is a great, exciting read, which I highly recommend.
- @Orion of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

jodihaven Oct 18, 2017

This book was full of awesome references to 80s pop culture which I found to be a lot of fun, being an 80s kid myself. For me this was super entertaining and a fast read. Interested in seeing the movie adaptation.

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Checkout111
Sep 17, 2017

In my opinion...This could/should be made into a movie! Funny thing is, with VR nowadays...This isn't too far into the actual future we'll be seeing. Maybe not in MY lifetime, but in our Future Generations to come, it may be a possibility?!

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jalee_0
Aug 30, 2017

Great concept, I felt it was a little under realized in a few instances, and could have used some more depth in the characters. But still a great sci-fi novel, especially if you have a love for online video gaming (which I do).

AL_TIEGAN Jul 24, 2017

It's the year 2044 and the world is obsessed with 1980s pop culture. Why? Because James Halliday, the man who created the ever popular OASIS (video game/simulated reality) died and left the OASIS and his humongous fortune to the person who is able to find the Easter egg he hid in the OASIS. To find the egg, a player must uncover three different keys and solve different kinds of puzzles. There are many levels players will stoop to in order to find the keys and win Halliday's fortune.

KateHillier May 30, 2017

I wasn't going to give this 5 stars but hey, this book has kept me up and reading way past my bedtime and haunted my brain whenever I wasn't reading it so that's five stars on its own if nothing else.

Ready Player One is uncomfortably familiar in that as much as the overwhelming nitpicking of different, specific movies and shows and games and the obsession people in this book have with watching movies over and over again and reciting dialogue and all that fun stuff annoyed me and made me roll I had to come to terms with the fact that I am also that person. Not in everything here for sure but definitely a lot of it. I hope I don't sound as tedious to anyone who has to listen to me.

Once I got through my discomfort at that bit of unanticipated personal reflection I really enjoyed this story. Is it predictable? Yeah, it follows an arc we've seen many times before and there are hills and valleys in the story at expected points but you don't care about that as you're reading it. Much like OASIS itself this book is totally immersive and you're hanging on each word and each clue and each quest as much as the characters are. This level of obsession and detail and reverence to a fandom is either going to speak to you or its not and nothing I say will change that.

It was a blast to read. Even the bits that sort of made me gag (romance! Such awkward teenage, gamer romance!) but hey, it was true to life and it gave me the warm and fuzziest in the last bit for sure because as much as the internet can be divisive, we're a big family who stands together when we need to stand up. That gives hope for even the dystopian future real world that we barely get to see.

I'm way late to the game on this one but pick it up if you haven't yet. It's worth it.

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KeenaL
Jun 16, 2016

This kid is very poor and very alone. Being in this virtual world allows him to escape. He grows up in this society that is falling apart and only wants to find fortune. He stumbles upon his first clue into a puzzle everyone else has given up on. It leads into the most adventurous roller coaster of a lifetime, with plenty of retro 80's to go along with it.

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

In 2044, reality is a grim place plagued by poverty, shortages and unemployment. Fortunately, people don't have to live in the real world anymore -- most entertainment, business and social interaction takes place in OASIS, a virtual world of amazing scope and detail. But now, OASIS will become the setting for an unprecedented battle royale. The creator of OASIS, upon his death, promised to give control of all his wealth, and his world, to the player who could complete a series of challenges based on his favorite movies and video games. For five years, nobody found anything...until Wade Watts, a 17-year-old, level-three nobody stumbles upon the first clue. Suddenly he's a celebrity with a shot at everything he's ever wanted -- but his opponents will stop at nothing, including murder, to see that he doesn't win.

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sbn_kc
Apr 09, 2013

An entertaining read about the 1980's "tech" looking back from 40 years in the future. Pacman, Atari 2600, and Journey are part of a quest through a completely virtual, all-encompassing universe.

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britprincess1ajax
Dec 30, 2016

“You know you've totally screwed up your life when your whole world turns to sh*t and the only person you have to talk to is your system agent software.”

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_Dexel11_
Aug 13, 2016

No one in the world gets what they want and that is beautiful.

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Gr4c13
Feb 04, 2016

Coarse Language: The usual swearing when frustrated, nothing out of the ordinary.

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