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Dieveney, September 24, 2015 (view all comments by Dieveney)
This dystopian novel is both a realistic view of our future and a love letter to the past, specifically the John Hughes, Atari, Goonies 1980s version of the past. In a world where everyone spends their time plugged into a virtual reality simulator, friends are only known by their avatars and travel means teleporting from one virtual planet to another. When a billionaire dies, leaving his fortune as the prize winnings in a video game challenge, a plucky teen named Wade Watts, AKA Parzival is willing to risk anything to win the prize, including physical danger, celebrity, and friendship. Suspenseful, laugh out loud funny, and charming it’s a cross between Charlie and the Chocolate factory, The Westing Game, and Goonies, not to mention the most fun I’ve have adventuring in a novel in a long time.
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clloop, August 27, 2015 (view all comments by clloop)
A fun read. Great for a reader of any age. Nostalgia, action, problem solving, distopia what more can you ask for.
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clloop, August 27, 2015 (view all comments by clloop)
A fun read. Great for a reader of any age. Nostalgia, action, problem solving, distopia what more can you ask for.
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Coni, June 30, 2015 (view all comments by Coni)
I found this book a quick read and highly entertaining. I think it would be for anyone that grew up in the 1980s and loves everything pop culture from that decade including the music, movies, video games, D&D, arcade games, and more. It will also appeal to anyone that is really into gaming from roleplaying games to online games to anything close to virtual reality. I am guessing the only people that will not find anything entertaining about this book are people that don’t fall into one of those categories. This book does not offer you anything.

It isn’t the best written book. The characters are not the most well written, but this is a book about moving the plot forward and it does that very well. It does not stop and ponder too hard on anything because there is another puzzle to solve! It is also the first book by Ernest Cline so I can only imagine his writing can improve, but I do appreciate his adoration for the 1980s. It is like a love letter to that decade and it’s a really fun one.
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odleybodley, November 13, 2014 (view all comments by odleybodley)
This book has been the one I recommend to every person I know. Mr. Cline did an amazing job of creating a future world while keeping elements of the past. I keep going back to this book, for the humor, nostalgia, the love story, and the family these characters became forneach other.
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Cline, Ernest
Broadway Books
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Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Science / Adventure
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"Staff Pick" by ,

I had many books on my to-read list, but this one jumped straight to the top as soon as I got my hands on a copy. It has everything I love about video games and cartoons and anime from the '80s. The pacing of the book is great, and it quickly became one of my all-time favorites. Anyone who can make a story based around the Atari game Adventure is my hero.

"Staff Pick" by ,

I had a hard time choosing a number one pick for my Top 5s of 2011, but this book won out because it was fun and nostalgic and possibly the most joyfully entertaining book I read all year. A quest story set mostly in a virtual world, it's a geeky celebration of all things '80s — a decade when video arcades and John Hughes movies reigned supreme. Is it the best book I read? Probably not. Is it the book that made me happiest while I was reading it and that I most want to force on friends and strangers alike? Absolutely.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Set in the year 2044, Ready Player One tells the story of a Steve Jobs-like character, his death, and the game that's played in a virtual world he created. The winner gains control of his company, and players range from big corporations with money, loner kids, and teams from across the world. It's a fun book filled with characters you love to cheer for and lots of '80s trivia.

"Review" by , "The science-fiction writer John Scalzi has aptly referred to Ready Player One as a "nerdgasm" [and] there can be no better one-word description of this ardent fantasy artifact about fantasy culture...But Mr. Cline is able to incorporate his favorite toys and games into a perfectly accessible narrative."
"Review" by , "Triggers memories and emotions embedded in the psyche of a generation....[Cline crafts] a fresh and imaginative world from our old toy box, and finds significance in there among the collectibles. A-"
"Review" by , "A most excellent ride...the conceit is a smart one, and we happily root for [the heroes] on their quest...fully satisfying."
"Review" by , "Enchanting...Willy Wonka meets the Matrix. This novel undoubtedly qualifies Cline as the hottest geek on the planet right now. [But] you don't have to be a geek to get it."
"Review" by , "Ridiculously fun and large-hearted, and you don't have to remember the Reagan administration to love it....[Cline] takes a far-out premise and engages the reader instantly....You'll wish you could make it go on and on."
"Review" by , "A fun, funny and fabulously entertaining first novel....This novel's large dose of 1980s trivia is a delight...[but] even readers who need Google to identify Commodore 64 or Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde, will enjoy this memorabilian feast."
"Review" by , "The grown-up's Harry Potter...the mystery and fantasy in this novel weaves itself in the most delightful way, and the details that make up Mr. Cline's world are simply astounding. Ready Player One has it all."
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