Job Search Scrap Trading Books News Scholarship Website
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline

  • Release Date: 2011-08-16
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4.5
From 10,482 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.

“Enchanting . . . Willy Wonka meets The Matrix.”—USA Today • “As one adventure leads expertly to the next, time simply evaporates.”—Entertainment Weekly

A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?

In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the OASIS, a vast virtual world where most of humanity spends their days.

When the eccentric creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of fiendish puzzles, based on his obsession with the pop culture of decades past. Whoever is first to solve them will inherit his vast fortune—and control of the OASIS itself. 

Then Wade cracks the first clue. Suddenly he’s beset by rivals who’ll kill to take this prize. The race is on—and the only way to survive is to win.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Entertainment Weekly • San Francisco Chronicle • Village Voice • Chicago Sun-Times • iO9 • The AV Club

“Delightful . . . the grown-up’s Harry Potter.”HuffPost

“An addictive read . . . part intergalactic scavenger hunt, part romance, and all heart.”—CNN

“A most excellent ride . . . Cline stuffs his novel with a cornucopia of pop culture, as if to wink to the reader.”Boston Globe

“Ridiculously fun and large-hearted . . . Cline is that rare writer who can translate his own dorky enthusiasms into prose that’s both hilarious and compassionate.”—NPR

“[A] fantastic page-turner . . . starts out like a simple bit of fun and winds up feeling like a rich and plausible picture of future friendships in a world not too distant from our own.”iO9


  • Horrible

    This is an extremely terrible MarySue book with the most basic plot and the writing to make the plot boring. The movie made out of it was at least as bad as reading the book. Don’t waste your time on this book.
  • A catalyst for myself

    By svndcvt
    This book literally made me want to start reading other sci-fi books, something I had never entertained prior. After watching the movie, I gave this book a shot, and it was the best decision I ever made. I never thought I would be the type of person to say this, but the book is way better than the movie, and I loved the movie.
  • Better than movie

    By Bry0105
    Overall a good read. The pro evolution anti belief in God was unneeded and didn’t affect the story overall. No more spoilers. And I’m pro God anti evolution but still read it and will read “Ready Player Two.”
  • Amazing

    By Nzisnxusj
    Great story from start to finished. Wade is such an interesting character that isn’t perfect that gives the feel of authenticity to the book. The descriptiveness as well as the depth Cline ventures to is mesmerizing and makes you want to read over and over again. Great look at the future that keeps you thinking days after reading 100% recommend this book
  • Simply beautiful

    By Burgerlar
    I have always loved this book. Probably have read it 4-5 times and it always brings back nostalgia and happiness. I would rate it 6/5 if I could. This book explores all different types of relationships and pushes the “look beyond the mask” ideal. Great time piece and amazing social commentary mixed into a fun and exciting adventure. If you’ve only seen the movie you will find so much more in this book!
  • Perfect❤️

    By Margostar22
    Even for a part time geek that didn’t understand 100% of the treferences…it was perfect.
  • Wow...

    By MunaTheFerCat
    WOW. Just wow. This book is really something. Looking forward to reading the next book. ☺️ Wonder if they’ll make that one into a movie too! Congrats to the writer for writing and to the reader for reading! And you, dear reader, stop bothering with the reviews and go buy the movie!!😸 I would recommend it to any die hard fan or just anybody who’d rather see Daito kick those IOI jokers’ butts rather than being flung out of a window like a widdle owd wag doww. (I’m kidding but really he doesn’t die in the movie) IM OUUUUUT! -MunaTheFerCat
  • Thrilling Amusement Park Ride

    By Fastprof
    I really loved this book. Even though I never was a “gamer”, I thought the plot points were excellent. There was enough character development to get me interested and emotionally invested with Wade. The quests actually made sense to me. And, to the author, I’ll just say that although you liked the Spielberg adaptation (and I normally love his movies), the movie version of your book was completely different…with even the quests changed…and disappointing.
  • Slow start, strong finish.

    By Adam Ash
    Fantastic story and a really fun read. The pages jump to life and it gets more and more difficult to put the book down.
  • Addicting!!

    By Ariseathletics
    I don’t play video games and don’t know most of the pop culture referred to in this book but I still LOVED it and couldn’t put it down! Such great story telling!