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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Ready Player One

"This adrenaline shot of uncut geekdom, a quest through a virtual world, is loaded with enough 1980s nostalgia to please even the most devoted John Hughes fans… sweet, self-deprecating Wade, whose universe is an odd mix of the real past and the virtual present, is the perfect lovable/unlikely hero.”—Publishers Weekly, Pick of the Week

My latest book from the library is Ready Player One, a 2011 science fiction novel by Ernest Cline. Here's a description of the story on the Amazon page ...

Ready Player One takes place in the not-so-distant future--the world has turned into a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia. People can plug into OASIS to play, go to school, earn money, and even meet other people (or at least they can meet their avatars), and for protagonist Wade Watts it certainly beats passing the time in his grim, poverty-stricken real life. Along with millions of other world-wide citizens, Wade dreams of finding three keys left behind by James Halliday, the now-deceased creator of OASIS and the richest man to have ever lived. The keys are rumored to be hidden inside OASIS, and whoever finds them will inherit Halliday’s fortune. But Halliday has not made it easy. And there are real dangers in this virtual world. Stuffed to the gills with action, puzzles, nerdy romance, and 80s nostalgia, this high energy cyber-quest will make geeks everywhere feel like they were separated at birth from author Ernest Cline.

I'm only a bit into it so far, the audio version which has Wil Wheaton reading, but I like it! Found this video which plays the audio version of the first chapter of the book, so if you listen to it, you'll hear what I've just listened to on disk - enjoy :) .....


Anonymous Richard said...


11:50 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Richard,

Yes, so far it is :)

12:17 PM  

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