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Author: Ernest Cline
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, ©2011.
Series: 2018 Great American Read.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"An exuberantly realized, exciting, and sweet-natured cyber-quest. Cline's imaginative and rollicking coming-of-age geek saga has a smash-hit vibe."--Booklist, starred review.
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Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Utopian fiction
Fiction
Science fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ernest Cline
ISBN: 9780307887436 030788743X 9780307887443 0307887448 9780553459388 0553459384 9781524763282 1524763284
OCLC Number: 687652381
Awards: ALA/YALSA Alex Award, 2012
Description: 374 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 2044. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS --
and his massive fortune --
will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.
Series Title: 2018 Great American Read.
Responsibility: Ernest Cline.

Abstract:

"An exuberantly realized, exciting, and sweet-natured cyber-quest. Cline's imaginative and rollicking coming-of-age geek saga has a smash-hit vibe."--Booklist, starred review.

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?

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Excellent and quick read.

by NatalieJVL (WorldCat user published 2015-08-03) Excellent Permalink

I highly recommend the book Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (2011) if you're interested in the dystopian sci-fi genre, 80s pop culture, Firefly, videogames, or philosophical questions about how technology is shaping humanity. Despite the grim settings the novel is funny, witty, and hopeful. A quick...
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candy for the speculative-tech lover

by brantles (WorldCat user published 2013-05-29) Excellent Permalink

A great read for anyone interested in gaming or science fiction. The description of environmental degradation and societal collapse is grim, but the action takes place in a fantasy virtual reality world, so that subject and the human suffering associated with it is minimal. It is mostly "underdog...
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