Ready Player One online To download now please click the link below. http://bluewildcat.com/RPO.htm 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 2044, 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?
Reviews * Are your action figures in their original packaging? * Can you mix a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster? * Have you spent more than eight hours at a stretch playing World of Warcraft? * Do you speak Klingon or Elvish? * Have you seen Return of the Jedi more than 12 times? * Have you attended Comic-Con? If you said "yes" to any of these questions (and quite possibly if you didn't), then you NEED to read Ernest Cline's debut novel, Ready Player One. Trust me on this. The novel opens in 2044. Things aren't looking too good in the real world. So much so, that much of the population spends the majority of their time in the OASIS, "the massively-multiplayer online game that had gradually evolved into the globally networked virtual reality most of humanity now used on a daily basis." People hold jobs in the OASIS. There are marriages that exist only in the OASIS. It's more real than reality, and certainly preferable. The OASIS had been created by an inventor named James Halliday. When the reclusive multibillionaire died without an heir, a challenge was set in motion. Halliday had hidden an "Easter egg" somewhere in the OASIS, and had left behind fiendishly difficult clues. Whoever solved the clues to complete three virtual challenges and find the egg would win his vast estate. In the five years since the challenge began, much of world has become consumed with the hunt. It's the ultimate golden ticket. Many people are professional egg hunters, or "gunters," as they are known. They spend their days and nights immersed in the popular culture that made up James Halliday's formative years-primarily the 1970s and `80s--as it is widely believed that knowing what he knew, loving what he loved, will be the path to winning. The story is told in the first person voice of Wade Watts, an 18-year-old gunter. Wade was brought up in a world far different from Halliday's idealized youth, yet he too sits around watching re-runs of Family Ties and obsessively playing Atari and Intellevision video games, hoping this knowledge will give him the edge in the hunt for Halliday's egg--and it just might, because after five years with zero progress, Wade Watts is the first person in the world to solve one of the clues. Readers get to follow Wade on an epic adventure. I'll be honest; I'm not the person I described in the opening of this review. I'm not a big fan of science fiction. I don't dress in costumes. I'm just not that geeky. I am, however, a mere three years older than the fictional James Halliday, and his formative years were my own. And I have to tell you that I LOVED this romp through the pop culture that has formed my world! Ernest Cline's debut is funny, thrilling, adventurous, and more than a little thought-provoking. As I read, I found myself reflecting on Gary Schteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story. It's not that the two novels are alike exactly, but like Schteyngart, Cline has looked at elements in contemporary culture and extrapolated a disturbingly... I don't want to say "plausible," but, yeah, kinda plausible future. An exaggerated future based on certain trends in our use of technology today. Cline
exaggerated different social elements than Schteyngart did, but the outcome is just as entertaining, disquieting, and funny. Wade is a tremendous, likable guide through this future/past world and Cline does an amazing job creating a cast of characters that transcend the avatars that represent them. In short, this middle-aged, not-so-geeky girl can't say enough good things about this paean to pop culture. Do yourself a favor and check Ready Player One out! In a word, it is AWESOME!
Ready Player One has received rave reviews and I knew that I had to read it. This book by Ernest Cline focuses on Wade, a geeky adolescent, whose greatest ambition is to win a video game contest sponsored by an eccentric video game designer. There is an Easter egg hidden somewhere in OASIS, the virtual world created by this genius, and Wade, a poor nerd who has been orphaned, seems like the most unlikely candidate. But to the world's surprise, he finds the first Key out of three, and starts the adventure of his life. This book is an incredible homage to the eighties pop culture, icons, music, and fads. I almost feel like to truly appreciate how awesome this book is one needs to have grown up during this time period. This book truly is a playground for those adults who love to read young adult books-- here we get that feel but at the same time, it has such a nostalgic feel. And what geekdom! For any adult who grew up as a nerd loving Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly ( OK so that's a more recent obsession), Lord of the Rings, etc, this book is for you. Because I meet all of his criteria to a tee, it's not a surprise that I loved this book. But past all of that, it is an exciting adventure all on its own with more than a few delightful twists. The world building is fantastic and I grew jealous of the characters as they get to participate in what has to be the coolest virtual video game ever. Plus, the characters are three dimensional and fun. Sam is a great protagonist, Aech is a hilarious sidekick, and Art3mis is a winning love interest--and quite a kick butt girl! My one criticism is mild. The villain was pretty two dimensional, but the rest of the book more than made up for it. Insignia, another recent book very similar to this one, is a pale shadow in comparison. Overall, highly entertaining and imaginative, with terrific references to the eighties and geekdom that are spot on and well researched. A must read for everyone, but in particular those still young and geeky at heart.
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Published on May 7, 2013