A Geek Must-Read: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I just finished reading this book at this very moment and I just had to blog about it simply because it’s such an awesome book!

While the story started out a bit slow, it definitely ended with a big bang.

It’s one of the best book I’ve read in a while and I’m pretty happy it’s the first book I’ve read for 2013. Hopefully more delightful reads to come.

Ready Player One is a very light read. It has a lot of 80’s references, from video games, to books, TV shows and movies. Very nostalgic for those who were born in the 80’s!

Gamers will definitely enjoy reading this book. For those who love anime and those old Japanese series like Ultra Man, you’ll be in for a treat!

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

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?

Geeks of all ages and genre, you MUST read this book! I guarantee you’ll love it.

(Golly gee, I hope they make this into a movie!)

Buy the e-Book: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

6 thoughts on “A Geek Must-Read: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

  1. Oh my gosh! I will buy this book XD I play videogames a bit since I was in grade school so this should be in my list this 2013

    1. Lia Espina Lopez January 10, 2013 — 3:45 pm

      Hi Aicha, you’ll definitely enjoy this book! It made me want look for the old video games we used to play and play them again! 🙂

  2. Interesting. Have downloaded the book and will read it soon. Thanks for the recommendation. 😀

    1. Lia Espina Lopez January 11, 2013 — 4:17 pm

      @Hazel, you’ll love it! 🙂

  3. Is there a physical copy available in the philippines?

    1. Lia Espina Lopez June 18, 2015 — 4:59 pm

      Hi Isaac, you can try checking out Fully Booked or Power Books 🙂

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