Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)

Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1) (2011)

English language

Published July 9, 2011

ISBN:
9780307887436

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4 stars (45 reviews)

Ready Player One is a 2011 science fiction novel, and the debut novel of American author Ernest Cline. The story, set in a dystopia in 2045, follows protagonist Wade Watts on his search for an Easter egg in a worldwide virtual reality game, the discovery of which would lead him to inherit the game creator's fortune. Cline sold the rights to publish the novel in June 2010, in a bidding war to the Crown Publishing Group (a division of Random House). The book was published on August 16, 2011. An audiobook was released the same day; it was narrated by Wil Wheaton, who was mentioned briefly in one of the chapters.Ch. 20 In 2012, the book received an Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association division of the American Library Association and won the 2011 Prometheus Award. A film adaptation, screenwritten by Cline and Zak Penn and directed โ€ฆ

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Review of 'Ready player one' on 'GoodReads'

4 stars

A fun book that brings a video game to life. I read very little fiction but I thoroughly enjoyed this. The author is creative and has some fun twists on the combination of the real word with the game world.One takeaway was the comparison of our pandemic school vs. the OASIS school. The contrast emphasizes that the pandemic move of school online was nothing more than adding a remote broadcast. Despite the incredible opportunity, we didn't innovate or re-invent. We just started lecturing through a computer screen.

Review of 'Ready player one' on 'GoodReads'

4 stars

Nine years later it still holds up as a great exercise in fun SF world building. Cline isn't a particularly gifted writer from a technical perspective, and some of the middle part is cringey but it is important to note that this is a book for children.

Review of 'Ready player one' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I kept avoiding this book because I'm not that interested in video games. Now. But, having been a teenager in the 80's, I got nearly every reference and was sucked immediately into sentimentality. Combined with the glorious nerd adventurers, I was hooked.

Review of 'Ready player one' on 'GoodReads'

2 stars

Alright, here's the deal with this book: it's pandering. No, it's worse, its blatant, obvious, shameless pandering. 30-somethings who grew up during the 80's have fond memories of 80's movies, tv, music, and video games, and this book is clearly aimed to siphon money directly out of our wallets and straight into Ernest Cline's.The writing isn't even terribly good - it's not bad or anything, but it's very matter-of-fact and occasionally flat. The beginning of the book sets up this absurd premise, in which a supergenius gazillionaire that has died has left his entire estate to whoever can find the easter egg in his massive multiplayer online simulation of reality. The world is crumbling, everyone uses this simulation as an escape, money in the game is effective real money, and our main character is devoting his life to solving the dead rich man's puzzle. Of course, he loves the 80's โ€ฆ

Review of 'Ready player one' on 'GoodReads'

2 stars

A pretty fun book, but a bit light. I wouldn't really call it science fiction, at best it is videogame fiction. Even so, it doesn't really speculate on things that don't exist yet as much as smash all of them into one book, make them widely distributed, and cheap. From a game design perspective, it seems to take a few steps back. When the game that people are playing isn't WOW, it is a 3d version of an old arcade game, or worse dragons lair. But dragons lair for people that quote entire movies.Some of the plot points don't make a ton of sense, like the fact that debtors prison and indentured servants are legal, but the US government is still a functional institution. Those seem like mutually exclusive points.The over arching plot was force into a nice three act layout, and I am glad it was. It kept the โ€ฆ
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