Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline

  • Release Date: 2011-08-16
  • Genre: Adventure
Ready Player One book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 10,323 Ratings)

Ready Player One Ernest Cline Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.

“Enchanting . . . Willy Wonka meets The Matrix.”—USA Today • “As one adventure leads expertly to the next, time simply evaporates.”—Entertainment Weekly

A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?

In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the OASIS, a vast virtual world where most of humanity spends their days.

When the eccentric creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of fiendish puzzles, based on his obsession with the pop culture of decades past. Whoever is first to solve them will inherit his vast fortune—and control of the OASIS itself. 

Then Wade cracks the first clue. Suddenly he’s beset by rivals who’ll kill to take this prize. The race is on—and the only way to survive is to win.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Entertainment Weekly • San Francisco Chronicle • Village Voice • Chicago Sun-Times • iO9 • The AV Club

“Delightful . . . the grown-up’s Harry Potter.”HuffPost

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

“A most excellent ride . . . Cline stuffs his novel with a cornucopia of pop culture, as if to wink to the reader.”Boston Globe

“Ridiculously fun and large-hearted . . . Cline is that rare writer who can translate his own dorky enthusiasms into prose that’s both hilarious and compassionate.”—NPR

“[A] fantastic page-turner . . . starts out like a simple bit of fun and winds up feeling like a rich and plausible picture of future friendships in a world not too distant from our own.”iO9

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User reviews about this book

  • Slow start, strong finish.

    By Adam Ash
    Fantastic story and a really fun read. The pages jump to life and it gets more and more difficult to put the book down.
  • Addicting!!

    By Ariseathletics
    I don’t play video games and don’t know most of the pop culture referred to in this book but I still LOVED it and couldn’t put it down! Such great story telling!
  • Wow...

    By MunaTheFerCat
    WOW. Just wow. This book is really something. Looking forward to reading the next book. ☺️ Wonder if they’ll make that one into a movie too! Congrats to the writer for writing and to the reader for reading! And you, dear reader, stop bothering with the reviews and go buy the movie!!😸 I would recommend it to any die hard fan or just anybody who’d rather see Daito kick those IOI jokers’ butts rather than being flung out of a window like a widdle owd wag doww. (I’m kidding but really he doesn’t die in the movie) IM OUUUUUT! -MunaTheFerCat
  • Ready Player One (Book vs Movie)

    By First Time Saver
    Hello. I really enjoyed the movie and have watched it several times. When I saw that there was a book called "READY PLAYER 2", I decided to buy it. Then I decided to order "READY PLAYER ONE" also since the movies are often different from the original plot in a book. Was I right! I read the "READY PLAYER ONE" book and I enjoyed it a lot. The story was really different. I learned a lot more about each character and it had great plot twists. Now on to "READY PLAYER 2"! I thought about pointing out some of the differences, but you will find them yourself when you read these two books!
  • Loved it!

    By bryanallen4
    From the nostalgia to the action, a fun read all around.
  • Gamers must read this novel!

    By kait0o7
    I could reread this book a thousand times!
  • Fun read

    By Kureguasu
    Great story, especially level 3! The only downside I found was that some of the plot points felt kind of like they were pulled out of no where. Still would recommend it!
  • Very entertaining

    By 29392939'x skskx
    The book includes very cool pop culture references, unlike most books, it is entertaining all the way through. It is easily my favorite book, and I nearly burned through it. I very much suggested this book. Ps. Don’t watch the movie, it is a hot mess compared to the book!
  • Excellent

    By osunfejiosjiovsdf
    Very action packed, couldn't pull myself away from reading it.
  • Great

    By moonmycron
    Fun read

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