book reviews · young adult

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

20603758Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Source: Bought
Edition: Paperback
Publication: Broadway Books
Pages: 372 pages
Category: Science Fiction, Adventure, Computer Games


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?



I LOVED this book. It was very geeky, cute and unpredictable. This was my first Ernest Cline novel. I read this before Armada and definitely would read this again. I have some issues because the author tried to inject some kind of romance, honestly, it did not work out for me but the story was still great. The main character was really a teenager, with all the mood swings and angst. I liked how the story unfolded as each clue was solved by the main character. I was surprised by the characters best friend. I never saw that coming, it was really unpredictable. As a novel, it had a unique plot, maybe the OASIS would be real in the future, I hope so. It would be really different, more brain activity than physical. Fantasy worlds would be real. I can play Quidditch just for fun.

This novel has a five hearts rating because I find this read a unique one. I never read a book filled with pop culture and Dungeons and Dragons. I can see myself reading this again in the near future. I hope though that someone would be able to develop the OASIS so that flying on broomsticks would be possible. This book is recommend for people who want to read something unique and computer geeky.


“You’d be amazed how much research you can get done when you have no life whatsoever.”
― Ernest Cline, Ready Player One

“I created the OASIS because I never felt at home in the real world. I didn’t know how to connect with the people there. I was afraid, for all of my life, right up until I knew it was ending. That was when I realized, as terrifying and painful as reality can be, it’s also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real.”
― Ernest Cline, Ready Player One

“One person can keep a secret, but not two.”
― Ernest Cline, Ready Player One

“As we continued to talk, going through the motions of getting to know each other, I realized that we already did know each other, as well as any two people could. We’d known each other for years, in the most intimate way possible. We’d connected on a purely mental level. I understood her, trusted her, and loved her as a dear friend. None of that had changed, or could be changed by anything as inconsequential as her gender, or skin color, or sexual orientation.”
― Ernest Cline, Ready Player One


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