by Ernest Cline
Broadway Paperbacks (Random House)
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Description: 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?
The Good Stuff
- The first page had me hooked in and I knew this book was going to be absolutely a perfect fit for me
- As a child of the 80's - the references were bang on and made me laugh and reminiscence about a time when there was no stress and my biggest worry was how I could make Mike Tinker love me (he never did the poor sod, but than again I would have bored the hell out of him - but I still would have liked to kiss him just once)
- The story is perfect for geeks who lived through the 80's and quite frankly even for gamers who weren't even born then
- USA today nailed it with the description "Willy Wonka meets The Matrix"
- Rush's 2112 is a key plot point - Rush was also very much part of my life during the 80's. My brother was a HUGE Rush fan and often forced me to listen to them. Ended up learning to love them and have become a huge fan myself
- Quotes from Ghostbusters & Airplane used in everyday conversation
- Recommended reading for those trying to find the keys included Scalzi, Adams, Gaiman, King and Bradbury - how can you not love this book even if you are only a fan of one of the authors listed (and I am a fan of all of those gifted writers -- yes King is a gifted author - he just needs an editor that will rain his ass in)
- Fast paced and funny as hell with a lot of twists and turns that will keep you guessing
- Likeable characters, I dare you not to love Wade and Aech
- I couldn't imagine Og as played by anybody other than Jeff Bridges
- I will be selling the hell out of this one at work -- well as long as I know the customer would appreciate it. There is nothing more satisfying than putting the right book in the right hands
- Halliday had excellent taste in books, movies and tv shows - almost all mentioned were some of my favorites of all time (and yes I too loved Ladyhawke)
- Sector Eleven was called the Whedonverse - yes I did squee when I read that (also mentions the ship is a cross between a Firefly class ship and was named Kaylee)
- After Jenn told me about the audio edition being read by Wil Wheaton, I downloaded it the next day
- As a mom I was a little disturbed by the lack of connection between people and the fact that they are ok with living with very little human touch. I understand that in the world the characters lived in, this was safe. But I was disturbed with how our world is now, that this kind of future could come into being. I love my social media, but I would much rather be sitting down in a room with people I care about communicating with them without technology. And definitely some wine - you cannot appreciate that online
- Some of the computer game references totally lost on me - but hey I am not a true nerd ; )
"The once-great country into which I'd been born now resembled its former self in name only. It didn't matter who was in charge. Those people were rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic and everyone knew it."
"It was also time to elect the President and VP of the OASIS User Council, but it was a no brainer. Like most gunters, I voted to reelect Cory Doctorow and Will Wheton (again). There were no term limits, and those two geezers had been doing a kick-ass job of protecting user rights for over a decade."
"When I reached the bar, I ordered a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster from the female Klingon bartender and downed half of it."
I purchased this from Chapters Shawnessy because Jenn and Michele were visiting and letting me take part in their monthly #BCBrunch. (Thanks guys for introducing me to a new favorite) Check out their reviews at http://lostinagreatbook.com/2013/11/04/brunch-book-club-recap-ready-player-one/