Ready Player One Online eBook by Ernest Cline
Click Here to Download the Book 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.
Reviews In the not-so-distant future, the world's resources have run dry and the planet is slowly dying as homelessness, famine, and poverty run rampant across the globe. The only sanctuary people have is in the OASIS -- a virtual reality world created by the late James Halliday. After his passing, Halliday -- a man with a love for video games and the 80s, and no heir apparent -- released a video explaining clues that would lead someone to inherit his multi-billion dollar fortune. For years, no progress was made in the quest for Halliday's "easter egg" hidden within his game platform -that is, until one teenage boy deciphers the first clue and changes the world forever. "Ready Player One" is one of the most refreshing books I have ever read. The book is familiar with its nostalgic 80s references but all the while it provides an eerie look into a future that is whimsical and yet raw. The concept of a society so removed from reality is quite reflective of today's modern society and where we could possibly be headed. The adventure is thrilling and heartfelt and kept me turning the page. Highly recommend!
Wow. I'm writing this just after finishing it. This book is really really REALLY amazing! The writing is fantastic, the plot in great, the characters change and adapt. And the world is just so interesting. It takes place in the future but it's not the classic: flying cars, space outposts, or even a post-apocalyptic world. No, we still have a huge energy crisis, supply is running low, but humanity has long since left the earth, and entered the OASIS. A massively multiplayer online game. Humanity is so addicted to it that the currency in the OASIS is worth more than actual currency. And then, the owner of this titanic game, a 200 billionaire, dies simply from old age. But, because he didn't really have any friends and had no heirs he made a contest in the game and whoever won it would get his entire fortune. But he hid it very well. He told everyone that he hid 3 keys to unlock 3 different gates to find the egg. He grew up in the 80s and all the clues as to where the egg is are all references to 80s games, songs, and general popculture. Once the contest in started, 80s culture comes back into fashion. But no one finds the egg for a long time. It takes 5 years and then, one person finds the first key. The rest of
the book takes place from that person's point of view, Wade Watts. It is especially odd though because Wade has grown up in the OASIS. All his friends, even his SCHOOL is in OASIS. It is so strange because most people don't even leave their houses at all! Anyway, this is a really amazing book and I highly recommend it for ages 15+, and anyone who is geeky, and/or into 80s pop-culture, and into sci-fi and fantasy, with video game references. Basically, this is a super geeky book but really well written and with a fantastic plot world and characters. Really, you should read it!
This story takes place in a dystopian future where in order to escape a bleak reality, most of the population stays logged into a virtual world called the OASIS. Before his death, the creator of the OASIS (a genius computer programmer named Halliday) programs an Easter egg into the OASIS. After he dies, he announces to the world via a pre-recorded video that the first OASIS avatar to find his Easter egg will inherit his billion dollar fortune and all his possessions (except for his video game collection which he leaves to his childhood friend). The main character, Wade Watts, is an 18-year old recluse who lives in a trailer park outside of Oklahoma City. He makes it his goal to find the Easter egg before the employees of IOI (an evil, capitalist corporation) find it so that he can preserve the OASIS and keep it true to Halliday's original design. He also just really wants to win the money. Halliday grew up in the 80's and was obsessed with it while alive; therefore, all the gamers hunting for the egg (which are known as "gunters") become well versed in 80's pop culture. I absolutely loved all the 80's references, especially since many of them referred to 80's video games and movies. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I feel like it's written for a pretty specific audience, and if you're within that audience, you'll love it too. If you enjoy sci-fi (especially dystopian worlds), 80's pop-culture references, and video games, then you'll love this book. I will admit though that there are times where Wade will share information and kind of repeat himself a bit, but I didn't mind because it's such an intricate world, and it helped me keep it all in order. I felt like there were a few small plot holes, but again, I didn't mind because I just enjoyed the story and 80's pop culture references so much. Though it can definitely appeal to teens, there a few mature topics (questioning the existence of God, masturbation) as well as a fair amount cussing, so I'd recommend it for mature teens who won't be offended by all this. I loved this book so much, that I think I will probably read it again before I return it to the library. Before reading this book. I hadn't finished a book in 2 1/2 months. I'm thankful to the author for getting me out of my reading slump.
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